In the real Universe, Earth-sized planets may be much more common than we think! And like Tatooine, a lot of them might be among two star systems, called binary systems. Astronomers recently found that we are missing a lot of these distant worlds.
As galaxies in a cluster slam into each other and the surrounding matter, they create bow shocks, causing movement of the plasma around these clusters. With the maps provided by the high-energy jets coming out of black holes, the task can be a little easier.
Astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array or ALMA get a help from Natural Binocular to find a baby galaxy on a cosmic merry-go-round.
Just like the familiar maps we use to navigate our own neighborhoods and cities, astronomers develop maps of the galaxy too! Using the power of several telescopes across Japan, astronomers have teased out some new insights as to the precise location of the Earth within our Milky Way Galaxy.
New observations from the National Science Foundation’s NOIRLab and other telescopes have found a planet that doesn’t quite match how astronomers expected planets to form.
Using the VLBA, the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array of radio telescopes, astronomers have found a Saturn-sized planet orbiting a small, cool star that’s only 35 light years away!