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It’s a Boy! Astronomers Capture First Ever Image of an Exo-Planet Being Born

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Well, sooner or later, they would’ve captured it—a photograph of a planet being born. And now, sooner than expected, astronomers did.

Unbelievable, isn’t it—how a planet could form entirely out of nothing, in space?

Astronomers captured the very first image of a planet forming in the dust, swirling around a young star. On Monday, July 2, scientists stated that the planet appears as a “bright spot in the snapshot”—which was taken using the “European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope” located in Chile. Moreover, Miriam Keppler (Max Planck Institute for Astronomy—Germany) said that hints of baby planets have been detected before, but yet astronomers weren’t really sure whether their observations were “features in the swirling dust.”
“Planets are born in circumstellar disks.” Keppler stated. “These disks are made out of gas and dust and surround young stars until a lifetime of about 10 million years. The exciting fact of our discovery is that we have here an exceptionally robust detection of a young planet, still embedded in such a disk.
The measurement of the spectrum gives us insights on how planetary atmospheres look at a very early stage of life. This is very important in order to calibrate theoretical models that predict the properties of planets as they evolve.”

According to a paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, scientists describe the planet as a gas giant bigger than Jupiter, located about 1.86 Billion miles from the star PDS-70. The astronomers say in the journal that the baby planet has a “cloudy atmosphere.” They also stated that the new planet has a surface temperature of about 1,832 degrees Fahrenheit.

Furthermore, lest the most important part as to the scientists’ study, is that the “sphere”—seen in the photograph above—blocks out the light from the star. This allows the researchers to observe the much-dimmer dust disk and planet at several different wavelengths. The old and new data show the distinct presence of a planet, thus leaving a gap behind it—followed by a trail.

 

Written by KFC, author of The 11th Syzygy, on 7/3/18.

Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Be Taking Part On July 26…As a Blood Moon

Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Be Taking Part On July 26...As a Blood Moon

If things couldn’t get any worse.

The longest lunar eclipse of the century will take part on July 27, lasting almost two-hours. Furthermore, the Eclipse will rise upon the distant skies and be visible to those living in South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, as a Blood Moon. However, the bazaar Blood Moon won’t be of sight to those living in North America—in places such as Canada and the United States. Stargazers, moreover, who live in the United Kingdom have the pleasure of witnessing this event, as it will be rising over the horizon in Earth’s shadow around 8:50 PM (BST), over London. The next time this event will rise over the horizon will be in the next eighty-two-years.

The exact times for which the Blood Moon will appear might vary by a few minutes between specific locations.

According to Dr. Noah Petro of the Goddard Space Flight Center, he stated that the Moon can “either graze through the cone, or go right through the middle. That gets a longer-duration eclipse.” He further stated, “This time, the moon is passing closer to the centre of that cone, and it’s therefore a little bit longer than the eclipse we had back in January. The moon can either graze through the cone, or go right through the middle.”

And this is just the beginning. The moon will be at its farthest orbital point from Earth. This meaning that it will take slightly longer to escape the umbra.

Certainly, this Lunar Eclipse will be splendid to all stargazers from Europe, to South America, stated to the fact that it’s not only a Lunar Eclipse, or that it’s the longest of the century, but of its hot, deep red colour—which will be a baffling event to watch, lasting one hour, forty-three minutes.

 

Written by KFC, author of The 11th Syzygy, on 6/30/18

A Van Gogh Painting? NASA Releases Photo of a Dazzling Jupiter That’s Beyond Realistic

Jupiter, Juno Spacecraft, Vincent Van Gogh

Jupiter is back yet again, showcasing what its surface has in store artistically, making it look as if it’s a piece of art. So far, Jupiter is the most photographed planet in our solar system, even more than the Earth itself (which is often taken by astronauts aboard the ISS.) All of the photos are taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft, and later uploaded on social media and their official blog. Over the time Jupiter has had many surfaces, in many colours—including the Great Red Spot—but yet this had been far more dazzling, to that of a masterpiece of a famous painter (take Van Gogh, if you will.)  Thus, the images Juno captures give NASA, as well as scientists and astronomers (who knows, maybe even followers of NASA) grief as to their early plan to extend Juno’s mission, instead of letting it plow before Jupiter’s atmosphere.

According to NASA’s official blog post—for which contained the first bit of the photograph—the image for where the distance was taken was approximately 9,600 miles, above the planet’s cloud tops. And although the distance can be long, there’s plenty to see, due to the fact that the planet is so massive.

NASA stated in the blog post, “The region seen here is somewhat chaotic and turbulent, given the various swirling cloud formations. In general, the darker cloud material is deeper in Jupiter’s atmosphere, while bright cloud material is high. The bright clouds are most likely ammonia or ammonia and water, mixed with a sprinkling of unknown chemical ingredients.

“A bright oval at bottom center stands out in the scene. This feature appears uniformly white in ground-based telescope observations. However, with JunoCam we can observe the fine-scale structure within this weather system, including other structures within it. There is not significant motion apparent in the interior of this feature; like the Great Red Spot, its winds probably slows down greatly toward the center.”

With countless mini swirls, slowly drifting off the upper atmosphere, countless of tiny, intricate details are hidden between the spinning storm clouds on this gigantic planet.

The picture (seen above) didn’t arrive from Juno in its current state. The color was somewhat enhanced by photography experts to bring out as much detail from the image as possible. Plenty of photographs (similar to the most recent one) can be found on NASA’s JunoCam Web Portal. 

Though the new image caught by the Juno Spacecraft takes center stage atop all others, I have an odd hunch that this is photograph is one of the many that will be captured in the following days…weeks…months.

—KFC, Author of The 11th Syzygy (6/26/18)

Russian Cosmonauts Discover An Organism On the ISS’ Hull That’s Absolutely NOT Human

Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) discovered what may be the first case of alien life—or even DNA—of visitors from another dimension. Spacewalkers often take samples and materials when they stroll outside for what the cosmonauts call “Extravehicular Activity”. Upon discovery of samples and materials, the “residue” is then taken down to scientists who then study them to understand the workings on both the ISS and life in space. Anton Shkaplerov, a Russian cosmonaut who has served onboard the space lab, told the Russian media that during examination, one of those materials turned out to be alien (e.g. unhuman). He stated: “Bacteria that had not been there during the launch of the ISS module were found on the swabs,” the Russian cosmonaut continued. “So, they have flown from somewhere in space and settled on the outside hull.”

Shkaplerov made it perfectly clear that “there is no danger,” and that scientists are struggling and doing more work to find out what this organism is. Could this be DNA—or even a failed test—from an Alien? Shkaplerov also stated that similar missions of the ISS had found bacteria that could survive outrageous temperatures that range between minus one-hundred-fifty degrees Celsius and one-hundred-fifty. Another thing Shkaplerov stated about this recent discovery is that the bacteria—or bacterias—can survive in the harsh, yet deep environments of space.

Earlier this year, a team of Russian scientists announced that the “Test” experiments they conducted had a range of different organisms that had in fact been brought up from Earth. According to the team of scientists, the organisms seemed to be surviving by clinging onto the International Space Station’s hull. “Experiments of various years have revealed fragments of Mycobacteria DNA—a marker of heterotrophic bacterial sea plankton in the Barents Sea; the DNA of extremophile bacteria of the genius Delftria; the DNA of bacteria closely related to those found in soil samples from the island of Madagascar; vegetative genomes; the DNA of certain species of Archaea and the DNA of fungus species Erythrobasidium and Cystobasidium,” the Russian Space Agency “Roscosmos” said in a statement obtained by TASS—that was published in May of two-thousand-seventeen.

Of course it isn’t entirely clear where the organisms are currently being stored and what scientists have discovered about them.

Cigar-Shaped Comet Discovered by Astronomers in Hawaii

 

“Sometimes a Cigar is really not just a cigar”

—J. Cyriis,

(Author of Lenda de 5~D and The Burger Agenda)

 

May I introduce you to Oumuamua, this cigar-shaped comet raced through our solar system from another. Oumuamua’s size is up to a quarter mile long and is highly elongated as well. Its aspect ratio is greater than that of any asteroid or comet inside or outside of the solar system. The discovery was funded by NASA on the twentieth of November, two-thousand-seventeen. NASA and its discoverers believe that this bizarrely-shaped object that suddenly bursted from another solar system traveled for hundreds of millions of years before coming in contact with ours. “For decades now, we have theorized that such interstellar objects are out there, wandering.” Thomas Zurbuchen for NASA’s Science Mission in Washington stated, “And now—for the first time—we have direct evidence that they exist,” he continued. “This history-making discovery is opening a new window to study formations of solar systems beyond our own.”

Karen Meech of the Institute for Astronomy in Hawaii along with a team of astronomers discovered that Oumuamua varies in brightness by a factor of ten, as it spins on its axis every seven point three hours. Meech and the team of astronomers discovered this phenomenon within Oumuamua by simply combining the images from the FORS instrument on the ESO telescope using four different filters with those of other large telescopes. According to Meech and the group, no known asteroid or comet from our solar system varies so widely in brightness, with a large ratio between length and width, as well. But what about the other comets or asteroids outside of our solar system? Is this the only comet in the whole galaxy that varies widely in brightness as well as having a large ratio between length and width? The question remains a big mystery to us all. The most elongated objects protruding through our solar system from another are no more than three time as long as they are wide.

“This unusually big variation in brightness means that the object is highly elongated. It’s about ten times as long as it is wide, with a complex, convoluted shape.” Meech stated.

It’s fascinating how every star and asteroid is one-of-a-kind when it comes to its shape, size and functionalities. After reading this, you’re probably still asking yourself: Where did it come from? Well, most comets follow ellipse-shaped orbits around the sun. But this comet appears to orbit at an angle, and also doesn’t circle the sun. Its orbital path suggests that it entered our solar system from the direction of the constellation, Lyra. Oumuamua has already looped around the sun, it will never return.

However, others suggested that the comet didn’t come from Earth, but interacted with Jupiter (biggest planet in our solar system) or with another planet, causing the comet to change its orbit.

Written by: KFC (Author of The 11th Syzygy)