Astronomers Have Been Able to Observe How a Planet is Born

Astronomers Have Been Able to Observe How a Planet is Born

Astronomers observed how a planet is born for the first time, the Associated Press reported. The planet is called LkCa 15 b (named after the star around which it is formed) and is the youngest one ever studied by astronomers. It is formed by dust and gas circulating around a star of two million years and is nearly 450 light-years from Earth. Based on scientific models, scientists suggest that the planet has begun to form 50,000 to 100,000 years ago. The winner of the previous record is about five times older. The discovery was made by Hawaiian astronomer Adam Kraus....
Belts Zones of Jupiter Are Disappearing

Belts Zones of Jupiter Are Disappearing

Something’s wrong with Jupiter. Photos by astronomer Antony Wesley shows that one of the two dark areas in the planet’s atmosphere (the belts) has disappeared. Maybe Arthur Clark was right in his Odyssey and the gas giant would become a star to bring life to its companion Europa? The answer is no, because this phenomenon has happened before – it is called “violation in the southern equatorial belt” and occurs in intervals between 3 and 15 years. The brown-red streaks in Jupiter’s atmosphere are due to sulfur and phosphorus mixed with ammonia crystals at a temperature of about 100 degrees...
There is an Inexplicable Source of Light in the Universe

There is an Inexplicable Source of Light in the Universe

According to data collected from the Hubble Space Telescope’s spectrograph, the universe should have 80% more ultraviolet light than conventional theories and models. Astronomers are puzzled: “We still do not know what the case is, but one of the things we thought we know about the universe is not true.” These are the words of the co-author of scientific paper, published in The Astrophysical Journal, David Weinberg. The Hubble Spectrometer has discovered that the hydrogen atoms that fly in the interstellar space do not ionize as expected. In fact, ionization is much greater and prevents the true source of radiation...
See а System of Five Stars

See а System of Five Stars

What is it to watch five sunrises and five sunsets a day? In a newly-discovered system with not so euphonical name 1SWASP J093010.78 + 533859.5 probably live intelligent beings who enjoy the incredible dances of their five Suns on a daily basis and even find it quite normal. But for us the boring earthlings (with one sun), this is something new and unique. Initially, Open University researchers, who discovered the system, thought it was “only” four stars. Later on, it appears to have a fifth, shiny participant, in the space dance. The unusual system of suns is located 250 light-years...
There Are Raining Diamonds on Neptune

There Are Raining Diamonds on Neptune

If you still think our Earth’s weather is bad, think again. With the ice giants Neptune and Uranus, for example, incredible pressures and super cool temperatures cause cascading rain of … diamonds. Now scientists have recreated these effects in lab conditions as well. Using high-power optical lasers to heat super-fast polystyrene, scientists have been able to recreate the rain of diamonds. This result can help us understand much more about the conditions of other planets, such as the ice giants. On both planets, the harsh conditions make hydrogen and carbon join together in diamonds, all at 8050 km below the...
Entering Outer Space Facts

Entering Outer Space Facts

What happens to our body if it is not protected in space? Now days the topic of space tourism is very relevant. Today, still only very rich can afford such an adventure, but in the near future this will change and we will be hearing more about space travel. However, this is something we have to dream about or rather have to distance itself from such an idea. Today, we are talking about colonizing other planets, and there is no lack of interest in such missions. But do we realize what’s going on up there? let’s have a look what...