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Massive transiting planet with 31-hour year found around distant star

Flagstaff, Ariz - A team of astronomers with the Transatlantic Exoplanet Survey today announce the discovery of their third planet, TrES-3. It is an unusual planet because it orbits its parent star in just 31 hours.

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Stellar birth control in the early universe

EurekAlert, Sat September 30, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
An international team of astronomers based at Yale and Leiden University in The Netherlands found that "old stars" dominated many large galaxies in the early universe, raising the new question of why these galaxies progressed into "adulthood" so early in the life of the universe. Their results imply that the galaxies have a method of "birth control" that is very effective.

A ‘genetic study’ of the galaxy

European Southern Observatory (ESO) , Thu September 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Europe - Looking in detail at the composition of stars with ESO's VLT, astronomers are providing a fresh look at the history of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. They reveal that the central part of our galaxy formed not only very quickly, but also independently of the rest.

Scientists predict how to detect a fourth dimension of space

Duke University, Thu May 25, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Durham, NC - Scientists at Duke and Rutgers universities have developed a mathematical framework they say will enable astronomers to test a new five-dimensional theory of gravity that competes with Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

New space observations poised to save lives from floods, landslides

Baltimore, MD - Using NASA's advanced Earth-observing satellites, scientists have discovered a new opportunity to build early detection systems that might protect thousands from floods and landslides.

Meteorites Discovered To Carry Interstellar Carbon

Carnegie Institution, Tue May 09, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Washington, DC - Like an interplanetary spaceship carrying passengers, meteorites have long been suspected of ferrying relatively young ingredients of life to our planet.

Evidence Mounts For Sun’s Companion Star

Binary Research Institute, Tue April 25, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Berkeley, CA - The Binary Research Institute (BRI) has found that orbital characteristics of the recently discovered planetoid, "Sedna", demonstrate the possibility that our sun might be part of a binary star system.

Happy Sweet Sixteen, Hubble Telescope!

Hubble Site, Tue April 25, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Baltimore, MD - To celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope's 16 years of success, the two space agencies involved in the project, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA), are releasing this image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82).

Unexpected detail in first-ever Venus south pole images

European Space Agency, Sun April 16, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris - ESA's Venus Express has returned the first-ever images of the hothouse planet’s south pole from a distance of 206 452 kilometres, showing surprisingly clear structures and unexpected detail. The images were taken 12 April during the spacecraft’s initial capture orbit after successful arrival on 11 April 2006.

US-Taiwan Constellation Of Satellites Will Track Hurricanes, Monitor Climate Change

National Science Foundation, Fri April 14, 2006, [PRESS RELEASE]
Vandenberg AFB, California - A globe-spanning constellation of six satellites expected to improve weather forecasts, monitor climate change, and enhance space weather research will head into orbit on Fri. April 14, 2006. Barring delays, a Minotaur rocket is scheduled to launch the array at 5:10 p.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central Calif. coast.

Tenth Planet Has A Moon

California Institute Of Technology, Tue October 04, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Pasadena, CA - The newly discovered 10th planet, 2003 UB313, is looking more and more like one of the solar system's major players. It has the heft of a real planet (latest estimates put it at about 20 percent larger than Pluto), a catchy code name (Xena, after the TV warrior princess), and a Guinness Book-ish record of its own (at about 97 astronomical units-or 9 billion miles from the sun-it is the solar system's farthest detected object). And, astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and their colleagues have now discovered, it has a moon.

History’s greatest comet hunter discovers 1000th comet

European Space Agency, Thu August 25, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Bologna, Italy - On 5 August 2005, the ESA/NASA SOHO spacecraft achieved an incredible milestone - the discovery of its 1000th comet!


Mars Express discovers aurorae on Mars

European Space Agency, Sat June 11, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris, France - ESA's Mars Express spacecraft has for the first time ever detected an aurora on Mars. This aurora is of a type never previously observed in the Solar System.

NASA’s Phoenix Mars Mission Begins Launch Preparations

NASA, Fri June 03, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Los Angeles - NASA has given the green light to a project to put a long-armed lander on to the icy ground of the far-northern Martian plains. NASA's Phoenix lander is designed to examine the site for potential habitats for water ice, and to look for possible indicators of life, past or present.


Envisat making sharpest ever global Earth map

European Space Agency, Tue May 10, 2005, [PRESS RELEASE]
Paris, France - The most detailed portrait ever of the Earth's land surface is being created with ESA's Envisat environmental satellite.

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