Artist impression of the Trappist-1 System

Discovery: At least seven planets orbit TRAPPIST-1

At about 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth, the system of planets is relatively close to us, in the constellation Aquarius. Because they are located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets.

This exoplanet system is called TRAPPIST-1, named for The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile. In May 2016, researchers using TRAPPIST announced they had discovered three planets in the system. Assisted by several ground-based telescopes, including the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, Spitzer confirmed the existence of two of these planets and discovered five additional ones, increasing the number of known planets in the system to seven.


Super Moon 14 Nov 2016: Closest Full Moon to Earth Since 1948 and until 2034

The Supermoon on November 14, 2016, will be the closest a Full Moon has been to Earth since January 26, 1948. The next time a Full Moon is even closer to Earth will be on November 25, 2034 (dates based on UTC time).

The best time to view the Super Moon is at Moonrise, weather permitting, of course. At this time, illusion mixes with reality to make a low-hanging Moon look unnaturally large when compared to foreground objects.

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A Rare Full Moon on Christmas Day 2015

Not just the Christmas tree will bring light this year on Christmas, there will also be a full moon in the sky, which is special.
The last time this happened was 38 years ago, in 1977.

So do not forget to look outside, because the next chance you’ll get to see this phenomenon at Christmas won’t be until 2034.

This image of asteroid 2015 TB145, a dead comet, was generated using radar data collected by the National Science Foundation's 1,000-foot (305-meter) Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. The radar image was taken on Oct. 30, 2015, and the image resolution is 25 feet (7.5 meters) per pixel.
Credits: NAIC-Arecibo/NSF

“Spooky” The Halloween Space Rock Bears An Eerie Resemblance To A Skull

Asteroid 2015 TB145, which has been nicknamed “Spooky” and the “Great Pumpkin” by some, was first discovered by astronomers with the University of Hawaii’s PANSTARRS-1 survey on Oct. 10. According to NASA, the asteroid is about the size of a football stadium, and could be up to 2,130 feet across. The asteroid poses no danger to Earth, and has missed our planet on Halloween (Oct. 31) at 1 p.m. EDT (10 a.m. PDT, 17:00 UTC), by a distance of 300,000 miles (480,000 kilometers), which is just beyond the orbit of the moon.

The large space rock is most likely a dead comet that, fittingly, bears an eerie resemblance to a skull.

2027: First humans land on MarsApproximately  24 hours before landing, the crew will move from the transit habitat into the landing module, bringing some of the supplies from the transit habitat. The landing module will then detach from the transit habitat, which is too large to land on Mars. The transit habitat is discarded and stays in orbit around the sun.The lander is exactly the same as those used for previous unmanned missions. This will ensure that the human crew lands in a system that has been tested eight times already. Upon landing, the crew takes up to 48 hours to recover from experiencing gravity again after spending a long time in Space. They leave the lander in their Mars suits and will be picked up by the rover.After being picked up by the rover, the astronauts will enter the settlement through the airlock in one of the living units and spend the next few days recovering and settling in the new environment.The settlers then deploy the rest of the solar panels after their acclimatization period. They will also install the hallways between the landers and set up food production units.The cargo for the second crew lands within a few weeks after the first crew. The cargo is picked up and installed, adding to the redundancy in the settlement.Redundancy is extremely important because, unlike the crew aboard the International Space Station, the Mars One crew can't abandon their mission in case of an emergency. When the first crew lands they will find the habitat with a good level of redundancy. The established habitat will, by this time, include two living units, each large enough to house the crew of four, and two life support units which are capable of providing enough water, power, and breathable air for the entire crew. When the hardware for the second crew is incorporated to the settlement, it will feature four living units and four life support units, which are enough to sustain a crew of 16 astronauts.

The One Way Journey To The First Permanent Human Settlement on Mars

For anyone not interested to go to Mars, moving permanently to Mars would be the worst kind of punishment. Most people would give an arm and a leg to be allowed to stay on Earth so it is often difficult for them to understand why anyone would want to go.
Yet many people apply for Mars One’s mission and these are the people who dream about someday living on Mars. They would give up anything for the opportunity.

Mars One is a not for profit foundation with the goal of establishing a permanent human settlement on Mars. To prepare for this settlement the first unmanned mission is scheduled to depart in 2020. Crews will depart for their one-way journey to Mars starting in 2026; subsequent crews will depart every 26 months after the initial crew has left for Mars. Mars One is a global initiative aiming to make this everyone’s mission to Mars. Mars One’s efforts to enable the next giant leap for mankind.