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Alien planet's atmosphere contains water and carbon monoxide

Astronomers have found water vapour and carbon monoxide, but no methane, in the atmosphere of an alien planet orbiting a star 129 light years away.The star, known as HR 8799, is at the centre of the first planetary system beyond our solar system to be imaged directly, in 2008...

March 14, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Northern lights as you have (probably) never seen them before

Chances are, unless you've been lucky enough to see them in person, you will have seen the northern lights in a time lapse video online. But have you ever seen them just as they would play out in real life?Kai-Marius Pedersen is a northern lights hunter who records videos of real time aurora...

March 12, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

Happy Valentine's Day! Here's a space rose

Still looking for an extra special Valentine's gift for tomorrow? Here's something truly out-of-this-world... Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Overnight Scentsation.This miniature rose was grown in space, on NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery Flight STS-95, in an ASTROCULTURE TM commercial plant growth chamber...

February 13, 2013 — Kelly Oakes

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