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This Shorter Catechism for Atheists

How big is the atom?

The radius of a single one…

…Is 1/10th a billionth of a meter

Itself a string of them end-to-end in line… 42 more words

Redeeming Love

Astronomers have found the closest exoplanet to Earth @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting our sun’s nearest neighbor. The newly identified exoplanet (a planet outside our solar system) is officially the closest known exoplanet to Earth, located at a distance of 4.25 light-years away.

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Space Science

The Closest Terrestrial Exoplanet Discovered

A terrestrial planet has be discovered around our closest stellar neighbour Proxima Centauri, the planet is 1.3 Earth masses, has a period of around 11 days and is only 0.05 astronomical units from the star (it’s closer to it’s star than Mercury!). 64 more words


From ESO: "Planet Found in Habitable Zone Around Nearest Star"

European Southern Observatory

24 August 2016
Guillem Anglada-Escudé (Lead Scientist)
Queen Mary University of London
London, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 3002
Email: g.anglada@qmul.ac.uk… 2,312 more words

Basic Research

From U Cambridge: "Astronomers identify a young heavyweight star in the Milky Way"

Cambridge University

22 Aug 2016
Sarah Collins

A young star over 30 times more massive than the Sun could help us understand how the most extreme stars in the Universe are born. 1,018 more words

Basic Research

Earth-class planet detected at Proxima Centauri

Astronomers using ESO telescopes and other facilities have found clear evidence of a planet orbiting the nearest star to our own Sun, Proxima Centauri. The long-sought world, designated Proxima b, orbits its cool red parent star every 11 days and has a temperature possibly suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. 869 more words