Astronomers have come up with a new tool seeking habitable planets in other solar systems. They have done so by measuring the surface gravity of remote stars that are difficult to study with conventional methods.
The tool has identified around a dozen ‘Goldilocks’ planets, neither too hot, nor too cold, apt for liquid oceans and for supporting life as we understand it.
Earlier, astronomers predicted that earthlings are going to witness a stunning cosmic light show, commonly known as aurora, on New Year’s Eve as a massive solar eruption was hurtling towards our home planet. If you are eagerly waiting for the rare solar flare, here’s a party pooper: not every space enthusiast will be able to see the aurora borealis.
About 15 years from today, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) may launch its Orion spacecraft on a voyage to Mars, the first such manned mission to deep space. The space agency has revealed many things about the space journey, but didn’t tell anything about a habitable module. Now, Congress has asked NASA to build a prototype deep space habitation module by 2018.