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News Archive / Tagged: European Southern Observatory

  • Astronomers create best ever image of star outside our Solar System

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 27th, 2017

    A map of activity on the surface and in the atmosphere of the star Antares by a team of astronomers is considered to be the most detailed ever created for a star other than the Sun. The red supergiant is located some 550 light-years distant in the constellation Scorpius and is in its final stages of its existence. It will eventually die in a supernova explosion.

  • Proxima b could be life-friendly, says co-discoverer

    Tomasz NowakowskiSeptember 5th, 2016

    In late August, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) broke the news announcing the discovery of Proxima b, the closest exoplanet to Earth, fueling hopes of finding an Earth-like planet that could support life. Now, Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, and co-discoverer of Proxima b, suggests the newly found alien world could be one of the best currently-known extra-solar places to search for microbial organisms.

  • Proxima Centauri may host Earth-like planet

    Laurel KornfeldAugust 17th, 2016

    A rocky, Earth-like planet may be orbiting Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the Sun, according to a report published in the German weekly newspaper Der Spiegel.