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Astronomers may have found the galaxy's youngest planet

Astronomers may have found the galaxy’s youngest planet

Over the past 30 years, astronomers have found more than 5,000 exoplanets, an eclectic menagerie of worlds far removed from our stellar neighborhood. The latest may just be an infant. Writing in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, scientists on Tuesday announced compelling evidence of a world just 1.5 million years old, making it one of the …

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A visualisation of the European ExoMars rover on the surface of the Red Planet.

Europa’s troubled Mars rover remains vital in search for life on Red Planet

The stars haven’t been aligned for Europe’s first Mars rover ExoMars, but scientists still believe the aging vehicle can play a big role in answering one of Mars exploration’s biggest questions: Is- has there ever been life on the red planet? The European Space Agency (ESA) ExoMars Rosalind Franklin Rover is probably the most high-profile …

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Planet Super-Earth passes through the habitable zone of the red dwarf star

Astronomers have discovered a “super-Earth” orbiting a red dwarf star just 37 light-years from our solar system. The exoplanet Ross 508 b touches the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, the zone in which surface temperatures are adapted to allow the existence of liquid water, a key ingredient of life. The newly discovered exoplanet …

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