SCIENCE 

FIRST-EVER CLEAR IMAGE OF AN EXOPLANET LOCATED 14 QUADRILLION KM AWAY RELEASED BY ESO

Using the combined power of an array of telescopes from different locations across the globe, ESO astronomers managed to capture the first clear image of an exoplanet located in a star system 11 quadrillion kilometers away from Earth. Astronomers’ pursuit in finding exoplanets (new planets orbiting other stars) is realized with various methods. One method is direct imaging, which has proved to be successful so far, being effective especially for planets on wide orbits around young stars, because the light reflected from the planet is not eclipsed by light reflected…

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Online Gamers Could Help Find the Next Big Habitable Exoplanet

If the discovery of a star system with seven potentially habitable planets 40 light-years away has you feeling anxious to get in on the action, you might be in luck — especially if you’re a gamer. With the EVE Online multiplayer game, you can look for new exoplanets from your computer. The game’s developer, CCP Games, will work with citizen science platform Massively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS), Reykjavík University, and the University of Geneva to crowdsource space exploration in EVE’s virtual universe and help scientists look for other planets outside…

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