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Earth-like exoplanet found to have atmosphere

Earth-like exoplanet found to have atmosphere

A team of astronomers claimed to have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like exoplanet, the first of its kind discovery that could have far-fetched implications in the ongoing search for alien life.

The exoplanet named Gliese 1132b is orbiting a red dwarf star around 39 light years from our planet. Using data collected by the powerful telescope of the European Southern Observatory and the GROND imager, researchers have estimated that the exoplanet has its own atmosphere.

Astronomers attempting to capture first-ever photo of a black hole

Astronomers attempting to capture first-ever photo of a black hole

Overwhelming gravity of black holes does not allow even light to escape, making it just impossible for astronomers to spot these massive holes. However, that could change as a team of scientists are working on a new project to capture the first-ever picture of a black hole at the heart of the Milky Way.

Astronomers know that a super-massive black hole dubbed Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*) exists at the core of our galaxy, but they have thus far failed to capture its image.

U.S. Air Force open to use SpaceX’s recycled rockets

U.S. Air Force open to use SpaceX’s recycled rockets

In a bid to slash space mission launch costs for the Pentagon, the U.S. Air Force indicated on Friday that it could buy rides on SpaceX’s ‘used’ rockets to place military satellites into Earth’s orbit.

The idea of using recycled rockets became a reality a few days back when SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite using a Falcon 9 rocket that formerly put a cargo ship into orbit for the government-run space agency NASA.

Entangled gray whale spotted off Santa Barbara County’s coast

Entangled gray whale spotted off Santa Barbara County’s coast

Volunteers with Gray Whales Count spotted an entangled gray whale off Santa Barbara County’s coast on Monday.

Michael Smith of the organization said he first spotted the entangled whale swimming past the Coal Oil Point in Isla Vista close to the campus of UC Santa Barbara, near the end of their 9a.m.-5p.m. count.

EU, China to take lead on cutting global emissions

EU, China to take lead on cutting global emissions

Following Donald Trump’s recent “energy independence” executive order, the European Union has said that it is now up to the EU and China to take the lead on cutting global carbon emissions.

Speaking to reporters following a meeting with Chinese officials, EU climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said that it was very disappointing that the U.S. President was rolling back the Obama administration’s climate policies.

Mars lost most of its atmosphere to space: scientists say

Mars once looked somewhat like Earth with thick atmosphere enclosing fluffy clouds, but the atmosphere was stripped away by solar wind and radiation, according to NASA researchers.

Bruce Jakosky, principal investigator for the Mars Atmosphere & Volatile Evolution Mission (MAVEN), reported that data collected by the spacecraft suggested that a young, rambunctious sun caused the Red Planet to lose much of its atmosphere to space.

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