updated - October 31, 2020 Saturday EDT
Japanese scientists have found that a cherry tree, which started as a pit that was launched into space for an education experiment, has grown five years ahead of trees on Earth. Botanists say that it takes almost 10 years after a cherry tree sprouts before it begins to produce buds.
Astronomers in Chile have revealed an image of a planetary nebula and a bright star that appeared in the form of a large “diamond engagement ring”. The image was captured by the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT).
Lick Observatory’s newest telescope, the Automated Planet Finder (APF) has found two new planetary systems in its first several months of operation. The APF began operation in January on Mt. Hamilton, and has since spent night after night looking for nearby stars in order to find planets the size of Earth.
Astronomers have discovered a pink, frozen dwarf planet 7.5 billion miles away from the sun. The object is the second dwarf planet to be found in an area of space beyond Pluto, which has been considered a wasteland for celestial objects.
Physicists at Harvard University have proposed the gathering of energy from Earth’s Infrared emissions and using it as a new renewable resource. The researchers said that recent advances in technology could give them the chance to convert the radiation into direct-current (DC) power.
NASA announced on Feb.25 the discovery of 715 planets, including four planets more than twice the size of Earth, with the help of NASA’s Kepler telescope. The discovery increases the amount of known planets in our galaxy to 1,700.
It turns out that Space Venture may be on track to fly customers to the edge of space this year. Richard Branson has announced that Virgin Galactic, the near-space travel venture, will launch its first flight in 2014.