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Exo-Planets and exciting Astronomy.

Plate with figures illustrating articles on as...

Plate with figures illustrating articles on astronomy, from the 1728 Cyclopaedia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The news is fairly stunning. Astronomers have found what appears to be a exo planet that is almost identical to our own. It is apparently a little closer to its Sun then we are and thus the year is shorter. It is also apparently a little bigger.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/01/astronomers-discover-planet-almost-identical-earth/60804/

Edit:: This article below contains some stunning information concerning the planet they are discussing above.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1316538/Gliese-581g-mystery-Scientist-spotted-mysterious-pulse-light-direction-newEarth-planet-year.html

Other useful Astronomy links:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/space_time/astronomy/

http://www.space.com/science-astronomy/

http://www.space.com/19196-massive-star-formation-sites-discovered-in-milky-way-video.html

http://www.astronomy.net/articles/

http://www.astronomytoday.com/

http://www.almanac.com/astronomy/articles

It must be a very exciting time to an astronomer. There is so much that is being discovered. Exo Planets.. Comets.. Asteroids..Mars..Saturn..Jupiter etc. The information being learned is at times amazing compared to even 10-15 years ago.

Sun over the Eiffel tower at Arc de Triomphe

Sun over the Eiffel tower at Arc de Triomphe (Photo credit: Cyberslayer)

Interesting documentary on recent astronomy:

National Geographic Documentary on Hubble:

The BBC Series on Bad Astronomy:

Links to programs or tools for use on your own.

http://stellarium.org/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/celestia/?source=recommended

http://www.worldwidetelescope.org/Home.aspx

http://mo-www.cfa.harvard.edu/microobs/guestobserverportal/

http://www.telescope.org/

http://skyview.gsfc.nasa.gov/

http://www.pbs.org/seeinginthedark/explore-the-sky/

 

EDIT: adding a super cool video from Cassini.

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