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Orphan planet discovered

... discovered what looks like an enormous planet all on its own in deep space. Adam Murphy found out more from The Open ... David - How do you get a planet floating around on it’s own. Well, there are two ways: one way is you just form the ... and the interstellar medium starts to contract under its own gravity. And if it’s a big enough cloud you’ll get a ...

Burning lithium inside a star

The violent histories of hot Jupiters

... way that these planets orbit their parent stars. In our own solar system, the planets orbit the Sun in very similar ... in the surface of the plate. In addition, the Sun's own rotation axis is closely aligned with the orbits of the ... discs -- clouds of gas and dust that collapse under their own gravity, flattening into a swirling disk. The central ...

Exoplanet exploration

... Jackson through how and why she studies planets beyond our own solar system... Carole - My name is Carole Haswell. I'm ... being able to actually measure what planets outside our own solar system are made of or at least what their ... The Open University How we study planets beyond our own solar system... Exoplanet exploration ...

Searching for extrasolar planets

... it was a big question 20 years ago.  We had only our own planets at that time and the big question is, are we ... we have not really found a planet or a system like our own solar system. Chris -   Like the Earth is what you mean. ... technology that we have available today, look towards our own solar system, what would we be able to understand about ...

Mercury (artisits impression of)

Mercury's May Transit: Why do we care?

... study these exoplanets? Carole - We need to understand our own environment and, particularly, what we're doing to our own environment. One of the ways we can get insight in that ...

Soil Types

The Earth Microbiome Project

... found here is that every single tree species it has its own bacterial community that lives on the leaves, and we ...

The Juno spacecraft will arrive in orbit around Jupiter in 2016

Finding our way through space

... presto; but what about navigating in space? Even in our own solar system the distances are measured in millions or ...

Artist’s impression of super-Earth 55 Cancri e, showing a hot partially-molten surface of the planet before and after possible volcanic activity on the day side.

Volcanic Super-Earth

... are intensively studied to help give us clues about our own origins and early formation. The planet in question, 55 ...

solar system

How to make a Solar System

... happening or do we have to rely on what we see here in our own Solar System and extrapolate backward s? Alan -   There ...

The distant exoplanet TrES-2b, shown here in an artist's conception, is darker than the blackest coal.

NASA discovers ‘Mega-Earth’

... reach great sizes. This is common to all the giants in our own solar system, such as Neptune or Saturn. Kepler-10c ...

Natural color view of Saturn, composed from a series of pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

Exploring Our Solar System

... in the solar system and each environment brings its own challenges.  In 2004, the Huygens probe landed on ...

 The Great Red Spot as seen from Voyager 1 This dramatic view of Jupiter's Great Red Spot and its surroundings was obtained by Voyager 1 on February 25, 1979, when the spacecraft was 5.7 million miles (9.2 million kilometers) from Jupiter. Cloud...

Weather on Other Planets

... helps us to make better models of weather here on our own Earth. Dominic - That's an interesting point of course ... other planets when we could be worrying about our own planet. So, what you're saying is that, looking at ...

Planetary system makes ET more likely...

... are we talking about here? Tiago - We're talking about our own galaxy, the Milky Way and the age of the system has been ...

Scientists are using diamonds to uncover what makes up the earth’s core.

What's at the centre of the earth?

... suggest that it is not dense enough to be iron on its own. The best way to understand the precise composition is to ...

Total Solar eclipse 1999 in France

Stopping Starlight to See Planets

... species say, methane, water, oxygen.  We know that our own atmosphere on Earth would be very, very different if all ... one of the crazy things is that, outside of Earth, in our own solar system, some of the moons of for example Jupiter ...

Full colour image of Mercury from the first MESSENGER flyby

Messenger probe crash-lands on Mercury

... We know that's the case because Mercury generates its own magnetic field like the Earth does, but Mars doesn't do ...

The asteroid Gaspara

Fact Impact - Asteroids

... into a spherical shape Some asteroids even have their own satellite moons, such as little (1.5 km-across) Dactyl ...

The Future of Travel

The space race of today?

... countries probably can't do all they want to do on their own and this provides a stage, if you will, for nations to ...

Figure 3: Mars. This image illustrates the amount of detail that can be generated from the Hubble telescope. It captures details only 16 km across, even though it is operating at 68 million km from the planet.

Fact Impact - Mars

... Greek mythology. But they're much smaller moons than our own, measuring less than 25 km across. They orbit so close to ...

"The Blue Marble" is a famous photograph of the Earth taken on December 7, 1972, by the crew of the Apollo 17 spacecraft en route to the Moon at a distance of about 29,000 kilometres (18,000 mi). It shows Africa, Antarctica, and the Arabian Peninsula.

Why Earth isn’t a Watery World

... of star, but helps to fill in our understanding of how our own system evolved. Despite thinking of Earth as a “Blue ...

MDRS

Simulating life on Mars

... to immediately lean on. They need to figure out their own way out of a problem. Now, what if you're out doing field ...

Full colour image of Mercury from the first MESSENGER flyby

MESSENGER Orbits Mercury

... years, and that will help us to understand not only our own Solar System, but also what we might expect to find ...

A free-range chicken on a farm

Turning food waste into animal feed

... these products come from unsustainable sources with their own set of environmental impacts. To produce synthetic, or ...

Planets around other stars

... technique to something that's a bit more similar to our own planet. How much more difficult is that going to be? ...

A model of the ExoMars rover

Building a Mars Rover

... has refused most of the population. I think she likes her own company. So, I think the things that we get affected by, ...