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Aug
27
2016

This Week In Physics: Aug 27th

Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Star Closest to Earth Using ESO telescopes and other facilities around the world, astronomers have discovered evidence of a planet that may be the closest possible place for life to exist outside the Solar System. The rocky planet, dubbed Proxima b, is orbiting Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star which, at a distance of just over four light-years from the Solar System, is the closest star to Earth.  Proxima b orbits its star much closer than Mercury Read more...

Aug
20
2016

This Week In Physics: Aug 20th

Venus-Like Planet May Have a Thin Atmosphere of Oxygen  Planet GJ 1132b, located 39 light-years from Earth, might be the first rocky planet outside the solar system on which oxygen is detected. A model of the planet presented by astronomers at Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) suggests that the planet, which orbits its star closely (at a distance of 1.4 million miles) and has a surface temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit, may have a thin atmosphere containing Read more...

Jul
16
2016

This Week In Physics: July 16th

Massive Dark Energy Measurement Project The sheer numbers that comprise some fundamental aspects of the work that went into producing the most precise measurement to date of dark energy in the Universe are astounding: Hundreds of physicists and astronomers; five years of collecting measurements of 1.2 million galaxies over one quarter of the sky; a 3-D model of 650 billion cubic light-years of space. The scientists used the Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS) program of the Sloan Read more...

Jun
4
2016

This Week in Physics: June 4

What’s Under Jupiter’s Colorful Clouds? Astronomers have found turbulent movement of large amounts of ammonia gas under the colorful clouds of Jupiter. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, used the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array in New Mexico to produce the most detailed radio map to date of Jupiter’s atmosphere. Researchers measured radio emissions from the planet’s atmosphere in wavelength bands where clouds are transparent and were able to see as Read more...

May
28
2016

This Week In Physics: May 28

Faintest Early Galaxy Found Thanks to the discovery of the faintest early-universe galaxy ever, we may be a step closer to solving one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy: how the cosmic “dark ages” ended. An international team of scientists utilized the W. M. Keck Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii and gravitational lensing to find the faint galaxy, which was born right after the Big Bang, behind a galaxy cluster known as MACS2129.4-0741. As the Big Bang theory Read more...

Jan
16
2016

This Week In Physics: January 16th

A Secondary Inflation After the Big Bang? The prevailing scientific model for our universe is the Big Bang Theory, in which all of space and time expanded outward from a very hot and dense point. But what if there was a shorter secondary inflation, or a period of exponential growth, after the initial inflation? Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Stony Brook University, think that such an event could explain Read more...

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