AstroBlog Follow Friday & Weekly Stumbles For 2011-12-23 

Do Newfound Alien Planets Need Better Names?

Astronomers on Tuesday (Dec. 20) announced the discovery of the first two Earth-size alien planets – a historic find for sure, but the newfound worlds didn’t exactly receive historic names. The two alien planets are officially known as Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, a nod to the instrument that detected them, NASA’s prolific Kepler space telescope. Continue reading

Ara Constellation 

Ara constellation map

Ara is a southern constellation located between Scorpius and Triangulum Australe. It was one of the 48 Greek constellations described by the 2nd century astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations defined by the International Astronomical … Continue reading

Follow Friday & Weekly Stumbles For 2011-02-18 

The Milky Way has an estimated 160 orbiting globular clusters -hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions of stars all bound together in a tight ball due to their gravity- of which one quarter are thought to be ‘alien’ invaders from other galaxies, according to research from Swinburne University of Technology (Australia). Continue reading