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“Beyond Kepler” –CHEOPS ‘Alien-Planet’ Space Telescope Delivers First Image

CHEOPS First Light

 

“Now that Cheops has observed its first target, we are one step closer to the start of the mission science,” says physicist Kate Isaak, ESA Cheops project scientist, about the mission to observe bright stars that are already known to host alien worlds that are larger than Earth and smaller than Neptune, by measuring minuscule brightness changes due to the planet’s transit across the star’s disc. “This beautifully blurred image carries the promise of a new, deeper understanding of worlds beyond our Solar System.”

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Planet Earth Report –“What Scientists Can Learn From ET Hunters to Spiders -An Alien Intelligence Living Among Us”

Earth from the ISS

 

“Planet Earth Report” provides descriptive links to headline news by leading science journalists about the extraordinary discoveries, technology, people, and events changing our knowledge of Planet Earth and the future of the human species. Our caffeine-inspired curation team scours the world, doing your work for you –all in one place.

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“Galaxies” –Emerged from Infinitesimal Ripples, Time Capsules at Dawn of Cosmos

 

Hubble Frontier Field

 

“Galaxies are children of random quantum fluctuations produced during the first 10-35 seconds after the birth of the universe,” says Andrei Linde, Russian-American theoretical physicist at Stanford University, one of the main authors of the inflationary universe theory, as well as the theory of eternal inflation and inflationary multiverse.

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“The Enigma Deepens” –Fast Radio Bursts Detected Repeating Every 16-Days

Cosmic String

 

Fast radio bursts (FRBs) — brief, bright flashes of radio waves that last a few milliseconds that release incredible energy–equivalent to the amount released by the Sun in 80 years–remain one of the great unsolved astrophysical mysteries with conjectures ranging from a black hole converting into a white hole and exploding to the collision of cosmic strings — proposed remnants of the Big Bang, galaxy-sized filaments of raw energy that may be threaded through spacetime.

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Last Week’s Top 5 Space & Science Headlines –“Monster Galaxy at Dawn of Cosmos to Death Star Microbes”

 

ESO Observatories

 

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The 1.8 Gigayear Planet Orbiting an Ancient Dying Star –“Hotspot for Advanced Life”

White Dwarf Planet

 

If we ever have contact with extraterrestrial life from outside our solar system, it will be intelligent, which may be the only thing we have in common with them. Life on our planet is carbon-based, but argues Oxford evolutionary-biologist Richard Dawkins, it’s not totally out of the question to have it based on silicon – robotic, machines in other words. “So if and when we meet, it’ll also transform our understanding of ourselves and the Universe we live in.”

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“Newton’s Gravity?” — A Universe Without Dark Matter

Galaxy without Dark Matter

 

Scientists have yet to crack the enduring mystery of dark matter, but conjectures vary from suggesting that it may be older than the Big Bang to particles the size of galaxies to highly-speculative dark-matter life, consistent with the known laws of the universe. Now, researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Strasbourg have simulated the formation of galaxies in a universe without dark matter.

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“Death Star Microbes” –May Exist on Frigid Cold Planets at Edge of Every Planetary System

Microscopic Death Star

 

“It certainly changes how I think about things. Providing they have ice and a little heat, all those frigid cold planets at the edge of every planetary system could host tiny microhabitats with microbes building their own ‘death stars’ and making their own tiny little atmospheres and ecosystems, just as we discovered here,” said Stephen Bowden, geochemist at the University of Aberdeen who focuses on astrobiology; extremophiles, deep biospheres and origin of life and evolution of the biosphere.

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