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Watch Live: Meet Proxima Centauri, Home To Our Newest Exoplanet

It’s been an exciting week for planet hunters with the discovery of the nearest exoplanet yet found, orbiting a star called Proxima Centauri. Now you can get a closer look at that star system via a live broadcast tonight, courtesy of the robotic telescope service Slooh. The fun starts at 10:00AM AEST.


How Life Could Survive On The Newly Discovered Exoplanet Proxima B

After a week of rampant speculation, astronomers have officially announced the discovery of Proxima b, a potentially habitable world circling our nearest neighbouring star. But even as engineers prepare for an interstellar voyage to scope out Proxima b for signs of life, some experts warn that M dwarf systems like Proxima Centauri may be unable to support life at all.


New Earth-Like Exoplanet Could Be Discovery Of The Century

In what’s being hailed as one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century, scientists with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) today confirmed the discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri — our nearest neighbouring star. Details of the team’s discovery were just published in Nature.


Scientists Just Found Signs Of Supernovae On The Sea Floor

Is it possible to find trace evidence of supernovae from millions of years ago in the sediment lining the ocean floor? One astrophysicist has spent the better part of a decade trying to find the proverbial smoking gun to prove that it is. And now, it seems, he has succeeded.


How To Make Your Own Gravitational Waves

Remember that time Stephen Colbert brought physicist Brian Greene on The Late Show to demonstrate the concept of gravitational waves with green lasers? Yeah, that was pretty awesome. Now there’s a handy DIY demonstration for those of us without access to that kind of technology, courtesy of science presenter Steve Mould.


There May Be An Earth-Like Exoplanet Less Than Five Light Years Away

Rumours are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbouring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century.


In Case You Missed It, SpaceX Successfully Launched Another Satellite

SpaceX’s eighth launch this year proved successful Sunday morning, when a Falcon 9 rocket landed on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship after launching a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.


How To Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower Tonight In Australia

The Perseid Meteor Shower is set to peak later this week, on Friday August 12 at 11pm. It’s a bit of a difficult one to spot in Australia, however, even though this year’s Perseid shower is set to be decently spectacular. The radiant doesn’t rise very far above the horizon in the Southern hemisphere, but we’ve got all the tips you need to catch a meteor or two this week.


Saturn's Oil Drop Surface Looks Incredible Through An Infrared Lens

Image Cache: Most of the photos taken of Saturn these days are in drab black and white. But this infrared view of Saturn from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is a stunning reminder of this ringed planet’s spectral vibrance.


A Solar Flare Almost Caused Nuclear War In 1967

On 23 May 1967, the United States Air Force scrambled to ready nuclear missile-laden aircraft for deployment. Radar systems designed to detect incoming Soviet missiles had just been disrupted, in what the military perceived to be an act of war. But before any nukes were launched in retaliation, it seems Air Force command was told to stand down.


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