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100 year spaceship

Humanity seems to have stayed in their home Solar system

In Houston there was a scientific conference on the most ambitious project of the century.

“Transition to transformation”

Humanity seems to have stayed in their home Solar system. Of his burning desire to go to other stars, scientists said at a scientific conference, held in October in Houston (Texas, USA). Experts discussed the most grandiose project of the century – “Centennial spaceship” (“100-Year Starship”, or 100YSS ).

– Despite all the technological advances of humans, in the field of space exploration we’re on the level of cave people, – assured the leader of 100YSS Mae Jamison. All we did was hang a station in earth orbit, where just sometimes come to live people. And also sent a robot to Mars, which only publishes Pictures in Instagram and writes in Twitter. The main task of space exploration in the long term should be the creation of colonies, which can live people. Continue reading

Parade of planets

Star line-up. As you know, these days several planets in the solar system lined up in one line. This so-called parade of planets. In Irkutsk cosmic phenomenon, of course, interested professionals and Amateurs to observe the Universe.

Fans of star observations go in pursuit of planets in the early morning. Every minute counts. Dawn is inexorably approaching. Even a small glow can ruin the expedition. In the suburbs of Irkutsk the best place for astronomical observations — the village of Maksimovschina. There is a good elevation away from the city. At five o’clock in the sky appears the first star of the big parade of planets. Despite the early hour and freezing temperatures, people came here by families with young children.

— Parade of planets happens once in a lifetime. At least see the time. Star-gazing, says participant observations Dmitry Bakers.

Organizes the monitoring of the Irkutsk planetarium. Brought two powerful telescope. With their help, you can enjoy a stunning view of space in all its glory. Thanks frosty air clearer picture. Continue reading

Found the largest planetary system

Astronomers at the Australian national University has discovered the largest known planetary systems. Therein, except for the Central star has a large planet.

This planet makes a complete revolution around the sun in nearly a million years. This gas giant is at a distance of one billion kilometers from the star, which exceeds in 140 times the distance between Pluto and the Sun. Reported by the BBC.

Thus far, there are only a few of these planetary systems.

The exoplanet, which received the designation 2MASS J2126-8140 has a lot of 12-15 Jupiter. It was discovered in the programme of observations of young stars and brown dwarfs in the immediate galactic environment of the Sun. Astronomers came to realize that they see not two independent object at the same distance from the Sun is about 100 light years away, a planetary system.

“We were very surprised by the discovery of an object with such a relatively small mass so far from the Central star. Unlike Solar, this system could not occur from a huge gas-dust clouds,” says Dr. Simon Murphy from the Australian national University. Continue reading

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