Orion Molecular Cloud in Infrared –“A Vast Star-Creation Region”

Orion in Infrared

 

Capable of producing tens of thousands of Suns –At 1350 light years away in the interstellar medium (ISM), Orion A is the nearest mega star factory. Along with its sibling, Orion B, the cloud makes up the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, a vast star-forming region within the constellation of Orion.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Antimatter Galaxies to Oldest Objects in the Universe”

 

Dark Energy Survey

 

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Milky Way’s Quadrillions of Rogue Interstellar Planets –“Could Be Life Bearing” (Weekend Feature)

 

Milky Way Galaxy

 

Back in 2012, a team of leading astrophysicists reported on Arxiv that 100,000 rogue, free-floating planets might exists for for every star in the Milky Way, which could put the number of nomad planets in the quadrillions. They suggested that it could be that nomad planets play a dynamic role in spreading life throughout universe: if life can exist without the warmth of a nearby sun, it raises the possibility that, along with sustaining life, nomad planets could be transporting life as well.

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Planet Earth Report –“Alien Metals to Life is Electric”

 

Earth from ISS

 

The “Planet Earth Report” connects you to headline news on the science, technology, discoveries, people and events changing our planet and the future of the human species.

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Planet Earth Report –Space Radar Reveals “North Korean Nuke Test Equal to 17 Hiroshimas”

 

Space Radar

 

The Royal Astronomical Society reports today that North Korea withdrew from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 2003. It subsequently developed nuclear weapons, with five underground nuclear tests culminating in a suspected thermonuclear explosion (a hydrogen bomb) on 3 September 2017 estimated to be equivalent to 17 times the size of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Now a team of scientists, led by Dr K. M. Sreejith of the Space Applications Center, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), have used satellite data to augment measurements of tests on the ground.

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“Are We Alone?” –New 3D-Models of Exoplanets Moves Us Closer to the Answer

M Dwarf Planet

 

“For most of human history, the question of whether or not life exists elsewhere has belonged only within the philosophical realm. It’s only in recent years that we have had the modeling tools and observational technology to address this question,” said Northwestern’s Howard Chen, future investigator in NASA Earth & Space Science & Technology and first author of the research team that is the first to combine 3D climate modeling with atmospheric chemistry to explore the habitability of planets around M dwarf stars, which comprise about 70% of the total galactic population.

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