The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) has taken the first ever image of a young, Sun-like star accompanied by two giant exoplanets. Images of systems with multiple exoplanets are extremely rare, and — until now — astronomers had never directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun. The observations can help astronomers understand how planets formed and evolved around our own Sun.
Using data from the Dark Energy Survey, researchers have found and cataloged more than 300 minor planets beyond Neptune, including more than 100 new discoveries. This updated catalog of trans-Neptunian objects, and the methods used to find them, could aid in future searches for undiscovered planets in the far reaches of the solar system.
Astronomers detected a giant planet orbiting a small star. The planet has much more mass than theoretical models predict.
Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in the most extreme range of orbits yet observed around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system — raising interesting questions about how such a system might have formed.
Earth and Mars will be closer together in distance than they have for 15 years, making the Red Planet easily visible with the naked eye.
A day was once only 18 hours long when the moon was closer to Earth, a new study has claimed.