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Professor assists NASA mission to measure disks that give birth to planets

Professor assists NASA mission to measure disks that give birth to planets

December 1, 2017

Unlike typical observatories that are positioned on the ground or in space, the telescope Dan Watson is working on is situated in between — on a Boeing 747SP jet airliner.

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Is it moral to explore, and colonize, Mars?

Is it moral to explore, and colonize, Mars?

November 3, 2015

There are many thought-provoking moments in the new movie The Martian. But unspoken, behind the film, is a truly profound question about humanity’s next steps into the solar system.

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NASA finding water on Mars is hugely good news for life everywhere — but it’s only the first step, expert says

NASA finding water on Mars is hugely good news for life everywhere — but it’s only the first step, expert says

September 28, 2015

Water is an amazing substance. It allows so many kinds of chemicals to dissolve and begin reacting that you have to work pretty hard to imagine how life could exist without water around.

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Hubble telescope celebrates 25 years in space

Hubble telescope celebrates 25 years in space

April 23, 2015

ADAM FRANK, BYLINE: Then NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. Once the high-def images of multi-hued interstellar clouds and swirling galaxies began landing on magazine covers, I didn’t need to justify astronomy to my aunt, or anyone else, for that matter. Measured in terms of raw discoveries, Hubble is the most successful scientific instrument in history.

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‘Scientific wonderland’ expected as spacecraft approaches Pluto (+video)

‘Scientific wonderland’ expected as spacecraft approaches Pluto (+video)

April 18, 2015

Be careful what name you pick; you’ll have to live with it, cautions Eric Mamajek, an astronomer at the University of Rochester. With help from astronomy students, he and 10 colleagues from the US, Mexico, and France shipped a proposed naming scheme to the IAU early last year and posted the proposal on line two weeks ago.

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Massive alien ring system is much larger than Saturn’s, and may contain exomoons

Massive alien ring system is much larger than Saturn’s, and may contain exomoons

February 1, 2015

Astronomers this week announced yet another mind-boggling finding: a ring system which orbits a distant giant planet has been found to be much larger and more massive than Saturn’s ring system, the best known example in our own Solar System.

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Huge ring system surrounds newly discovered exoplanet

Huge ring system surrounds newly discovered exoplanet

January 30, 2015

A pair of astronomers recently announced that they have discovered a celestial body outside of our solar system that they refer to as a “Super Saturn”. That’s because the object is surrounded by a ring system that’s 200 times as large as those that circle Saturn. Dr. Eric Mamajek from the University of Rochester is one of the astronomers who made the discovery.

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Huge Saturn-like planet found lurking in space could offer clues to how moons are formed

Huge Saturn-like planet found lurking in space could offer clues to how moons are formed

January 29, 2015

The planet, known as J1407b, was discovered in 2012 but scientists have just completed a detailed study of data about it. The research shows that there are 30 rings around the planet. But between those rings are gaps, which indicate that satellites or exomoons have formed between them.

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Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

Distant exoplanet hosts giant ring system

January 27, 2015

It is the first such structure detected around a planet beyond our Solar System. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn,” said Prof Eric Mamajek, from the University of Rochester in the US.

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This planet’s rings make Saturn look puny

This planet’s rings make Saturn look puny

January 26, 2015

“This planet is much larger than Jupiter or Saturn, and its ring system is roughly 200 times larger than Saturn’s rings are today,” co-author Eric Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, said in a statement. “You could think of it as kind of a super Saturn.”

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