Astronomers Just Discovered a Massive Planet Orbiting Twin Stars

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, and a trick of nature, have confirmed the existence of a planet orbiting two stars. A gas giant planet circling the twin stars in the system OGLE-2007-BLG-349, located 8,000 light-years away. The planet – with a mass similar to Saturn – orbits the two stars at a distance of…

Operation Starshade – NASA’s spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, is being developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The hunt is on for planets that resemble Earth in size, composition and temperature. Rocky planets…

Eye-Catching Martian Rocks

Mars is blessed with unique rock formations. The Opportunity Mars Rover captured some curious and eye-catching rocks on the surface of Wharton Ridge. Below a bunch of cool-looking Mars rocks and although the most rocks are just rocks, some raise questions concerning their origin. Images see SOL 4483 and SOL 4484.