Mysterious ‘unseen planetary mass’ lurking at edge of solar system

– Mysterious ‘unseen planetary mass’ lurking at edge of solar system:

A mysterious, unseen, planetary object with a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth may be lurking in the outer reaches of our solar system, according to new research.

Scientists at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL) put forward evidence that this unknown “planetary mass object” may explain why the plane of the solar system is warped in the outer reaches of the Kuiper Belt.

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Dramatic collision of two stars in 2022 linked to ancient Jewish prophecy about the coming of the Messiah

Dramatic collision of two stars in 2022 linked to ancient Jewish prophecy about the coming of the Messiah:

Citing an ancient prophecy, a prominent rabbi claims a forthcoming ‘red nova’ is evidence of the ‘the Messianic process’

The collision of two distant stars in 2022 is set to create an astronomical spectacle that could be viewed from planet Earth with the naked eye.

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Warning Issued Of ‘Galactic Mass Ejection’ To Hit Earth – Hundreds Of Thousands Died The Last Time An Event Like This Occurred

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Warning Issued Of ‘Galactic Mass Ejection’ To Hit Earth – Hundreds Of Thousands Died The Last Time An Event Like This Occurred:

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Mysterious ‘Planet Nine’ may have caused entire solar system to tilt

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‘Planet Nine’ may have caused the solar system to tilt six degrees

Mysterious ‘Ninth Planet’ may have caused entire solar system to tilt:

The hypothesised ‘Planet Nine’, which is believed to exist beyond Pluto, may have tilted the entire solar system, astronomers believe.

Earlier this year, scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) announced that a planet ten times the mass of Earth probably exists around 19 billion miles away. It was shown to exert such a huge influence on its region of space that it was dubbed ‘the most planety of all planets.’

Now the same team believes ‘Planet Nine’ is also responsible for one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy – why the solar system lies on a strange tilt.

All of the planets, including Earth, orbit in a flat plane with respect to the Sun. But that plane rotates on a six-degree angle with respect to the Sun’s equator, a misalignment which has left astronomers scratching their heads for decades.

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NASA to land on asteroid that could have once seeded life, but may now destroy Earth

NASA to land on asteroid that could have once seeded life, but may now destroy Earth:

NASA is about to launch a $1 billion 7-year mission to probe asteroid Benny, which may carry the building blocks of organic life, but also has a chance of hitting Earth late in the next century.

“It may be destined to cause immense suffering and death,” Dante Lauretta, professor of planetary science at Arizona University and the lead researcher on the OSIRIS-REx mission, told the Sunday Times.

Discovered in 1999, Bennu measures about 500 meters across, weighs over 60 million tons, and travels at over 100,000 kilometers per hour.

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LIVE: Watch Mercury Travel Across The Face Of The Sun (VIDEO)

Watch Mercury travel across the face of the Sun

LIVE: Watch Mercury travel across the face of the Sun (VIDEO):

It only happens a few times a century: the smallest planet in our solar system is passing between the Earth and the Sun, allowing us a rare glimpse of Mercury in motion.

The planet appears as a small black dot against the bright background of the Sun, traveling diagonally in front of the solar sphere over several hours today.

The planet has already come into view and you can follow the transit of Mercury live via Slooh’s YouTube feed:

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Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star

Three Earth-like planets discovered orbiting dwarf star:

For the first time, researchers have discovered three potentially habitable, Earth-like worlds orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years away in another star system, according to a study published in the journal Nature.

The ultracool dwarf star, known as TRAPPIST-1, isn’t the kind of star scientists expected to be a hub for planets. It’s at the end of the range for what classifies as a star: half the temperature and a tenth the mass of the sun. TRAPPIST-1 is red, barely larger than Jupiter and too dim to be seen with the naked eye or even amateur telescopes from Earth.

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Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn all align for first time in 11 years

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all in alignment in our sky - and will continue to be for around a month

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter & Saturn all align for first time in 11 years:

Earthlings can now observe a rare celestial gathering: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are all in alignment in our sky – and will continue to be for around a month. The last time the five paraded in a line was December 2004 to January 2005.

From January 20 to February 20 sky-gazers can see the five planets almost literally lined up, as their positions along the ecliptic (the sun’s perceived path in our sky) form a diagonal line. Even the naked eye will be enough to see them, though a telescope and binoculars will help.

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Senate Quietly Passes Bipartisan Bill To Allow Conquest Of Space

Senate Quietly Passes Bipartisan Bill To Allow Conquest Of Space:

In a bipartisan bid to encourage commercial exploitation of outer space, the U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the Space Act of 2015, which grants U.S. citizens or corporations the right to legally claim non-living natural resources—including water and minerals—mined in the final frontier.

The legislation – described by IGN‘s Jenna Pitcher as “a celestial ‘Finders Keepers’ law” – could be a direct affront to an international treaty that bars nations from owning property in space. The bill will now be sent back to the House of Representatives, which is expected to approve the changes, and then on to President Barack Obama for his anticipated signature.

Pitcher continued:

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Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween

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Dead comet with skull face to hurtle by Earth on Halloween:

A massive space rock that will shave by Earth on Halloween looks like a dead comet with a skull face, NASA said after gaining a closer look at the spooky space object.

Astronomers initially thought the object was an asteroid when they spotted it in early October, and named it Asteroid 2015 TB145.

But using the US space agency’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, experts “have determined that the celestial object is more than likely a dead comet that has shed its volatiles after numerous passes around the sun,” NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said in a statement late Friday.

Scientists have also spotted an eerie skull-like resemblance on the face of the rock, based on radar data from the National Science Foundation’s 305-meter (1,000-foot) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico.

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NASA: 1 Billion ‘Earths’ In Our Galaxy Alone

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NASA estimates 1 billion ‘Earths’ in our galaxy alone (Washington Post, July 24, 2015):

There are a billion Earths in this galaxy, roughly speaking. Not a million. A billion. We’re talking 1 billion rocky planets that are approximately the size of the Earth and are orbiting familiar-looking yellow-sunshine stars in the orbital “habitable zone” where water could be liquid at the surface.

That’s a billion planets where human beings, or their genetically modified descendants, as well as their dogs and cats and tomato plants and crepe myrtle trees and ladybugs and earthworms and whatnot, could plausibly live.

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NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe (Video)

NASA Has Released The Largest Picture Ever Taken And It Will Shake Up Your Universe (Scoop Whoop, Jan 16, 2015):

Have you seen the largest picture ever taken? For the record, it’s a mammoth 1.5 billion pixel image (69,536 x 22,230) and requires about 4.3 GB disk space. Oh, and it’ll take your breath away.

On January 5, NASA released an image of the Andromeda galaxy, our closest galactic neighbour, captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The full image is made up of 411 Hubble images, takes you through a 100 million stars and travels over more than 40,000 light years. Well, a section of it anyway.

Prepare to feel extremely tiny and insignificant as you marvel at this fly-through video created by YouTuber daveachuk and make sure you stick around till the end. Seriously.

Well done, NASA. Our mind has been blown.