Best Evidence Yet That Comets Delivered Water for Earth’s Oceans

[/caption] The idea isn’t new that Earth’s oceans originated from comets bombarding our planet back in its early days. But astronomers have now found the best evidence yet for this scenario. The Herschel infrared space observatory detected that comet Hartley 2, which originates from the distant Kuiper Belt, contains water with the same chemical signature …

New Research Finds Venus’ Winds, They Are A-Changin’

  [/caption] Venus, Earth’s hotheaded neighbor, may have more variability in its weather patterns than previously believed. Using infrared data obtained by ground-based telescopes in Hawaii and Arizona researchers have found that Venus’ mesosphere and thermosphere are less consistent in temperature than layers closer to its surface. But first let’s talk about Venus itself. Possibly …

Kepler Mission Discovers “Tatooine-like” Planet

[/caption] In a news conference today, Kepler mission scientists announced the first confirmed circumbinary planet ( a planet that orbits a binary star system). The planet in question, designated Kepler-16b has been compared to the planet Tatooine from the Star Wars saga. Would it be possible for someone like Luke Skywalker to stand on the …

NASA launches Twin Lunar Probes to Unravel Moons Core

[/caption] NASA renewed its focus on ground breaking science today with the thunderous blastoff of a pair of lunar bound spacecraft that will map the moons interior with unparalled precision and which will fundamentally alter our understanding of how the moon and other rocky bodies in our solar system – including Earth – formed and …

‘Invisible’ World Discovered Around a Distant Star

[/caption] There’s a planet out there playing a game of ‘doorbell ditch’ with astronomers. Scientists can’t see this distant world, but they know it’s there because its gravity is having a noticeable effect on the orbit of a neighboring planet. “It’s like having someone play a prank on you by ringing your doorbell and running …

Coming To A Solar System Near You… Super-Earth!

[/caption] It is our general understanding of solar system composition that planets fall into two categories: gas giants like Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus… and rocky bodies that support some type of atmosphere like Earth, Mars and Venus. However, as we reach further into space we’re beginning to realize the Solar System is pretty unique …