Blue Gas Giant Discovered in Distant Solar System 

HD 189733 b

Scientists have determined the color of an alien planet for the first time. Even though we’ve never directly observed an alien planet, since they are outshined by their host star, scientists have found a way to show that they are there, and what their properties are, by examining the effect they have on the star, which we can observe. Continue reading

Monthly Stargazing Calendar for May 2013 

Eta Aquarids meteor shower

Just like last month, this will be another very eventful month when it comes to astronomical events. There will be a meteor shower, two eclipses and a conjunction. First of all, on the night of May 4 and 5 the Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak. The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Continue reading

US Air Force’s Secretive X-37B Space Plane [Infographic] 

The x-37B Orbital Test Vehicle is an unmanned space test vehicle for the USAF.

The X-37B is an unmanned space test vehicle for the United States Air Force, based on NASA’s original X-37 design. It is a lot smaller than the Space Shuttle and is launched via an Atlas V booster. The first test flight was in April 2010, followed by a second test flight in March 2011. Here are the basic facts of the X-37B robotic space plane: Continue reading

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