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New planet could support life – ESO observatory

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:23 PM

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory says

This artist’s impression shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b, with its red dwarf parent star in the background. ESO/M. Kornmesser

Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet – report

Aug 13, 2016 - 12:30 AM

The exoplanet orbits a well investigated star called Proxima Centauri part of the Alpha Centauri star system German weekly Der Spiegel says

In this artistic concept, Earth (left) is compared with Kepler-452b, which was announced last year as Earth's closest twin. Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Scientists discover strange planet with 3 stars

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The planet named HD 131399Ab is located about 340 light years from Earth and is believed to be about 16 million years old

epa05413486 An undated handout artist's impression made avaiable by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 07 July 2016 showing view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets. EPA/L. Calcada / ESO / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: ESO/L. Calcada HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Astronomers ring in startling asteroid find

Mar 27, 2014 - 12:58 PM

The twin rings around a rock called Chariklo were spotted in June last year as it passed in front of a star scrutinized by seven telescopes

RING. An image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 26 March 2014 shows an artist's impression of the rings surrounding the remote asteroid Chariklo. L. Calcada and Nick Risinger/ESO/EPA

Trio of 'super Earths' in a star's habitable zone

Jun 25, 2013 - 8:13 PM

The 3 are part of a cluster of as many as seven planets that circle Gliese 667C one of 3 stars located a relatively close 22 light years from Earth

Artist's impression of the Gliese 667C system. Image courtesy of ESO

Earth-sized planet found orbiting nearest star

Oct 17, 2012 - 3:06 PM

The planet swings close to the star Alpha Centauri B one of a triple star system that is 4 3 light years away which in cosmic terms is just next door to us

HELLO, NEIGHBOR. Artist’s impression of the planet around Alpha Centauri B. Image courtesy of ESO

Giant Chile telescope spots unique spiral structure

Oct 11, 2012 - 12:32 PM

Astronomers using a powerful Chile based telescope on Wednesday October 10 released a rare image of a spiral shell of cosmic dust and gas surrounding a red giant star

Observations using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an unexpected spiral structure in the material around the old star R Sculptoris. This feature has never been seen before and is probably caused by a hidden companion star orbiting the star. Image: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)