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Rogue Rocky Planet Found Adrift in the Milky Way

Not all planets orbit stars. Some are instead “free-floating” rogues adrift in interstellar space after being ejected from their home systems. For decades astronomers have sought to study such elusive outcasts, hoping to find patterns in their size and number that could reveal otherwise hidden details of how planetary systems emerge and evolve.

Of the handful known so far, most free floaters have been massive gas giants, but now researchers may have found one small enough to be rocky—smaller even than Earth. If its rogue status is confirmed, the roughly Mars-to-Earth-mass object would be the most diminutive free-floating planet ever seen. Yet finding such small worlds could soon become routine, thanks to NASA’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope, set to launch in the mid-2020s.

Most planet-hunting methods rely on observing subtle changes in a star’s light to discern any orbiting companions. But free-floating worlds, of course, have no star.

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New novel follows the journey of two men as they devise a practical system designed to bring socioeconomic justice and save the planet

Manuel Januário announces the release of ‘Our Land’

ARLINGTON, Mass., Oct. 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Two unlikely friends — a wealthy landowner and an immigrant college student — explore ways to bring economic equity and social justice while saving the planet in this engaging story of Manuel Januário’s “Our Land” (published by Archway Publishing).

 

Written as a historical fiction, the book features André Castro, a very rich Latin American landowner, and his close friend Mário Garcia, an optimistic visionary immigrant, who share deep conversations about a better world for the disenfranchised member of the society. Although from different backgrounds, they both come to the USA to learn how to overcome economic underdevelopment in their own countries. Unfortunately, they discover that the American economic system perpetuates conditions of poverty for many while others become unreasonably rich, leaving behind a trail of environmental degradation. They both endure many challenges and seriously

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Is There Life On Venus? ESA Rocket To Skim Planet For Signs Of Life

KEY POINTS

  • Phosphine has been found in the clouds of Venus
  • The discovery has led scientists to look more into Venus and its atmosphere
  • BepiColombo will make its first close approach with Venus on Oct. 14

It was only a month ago when scientists discovered phosphine was present in the clouds on Venus — an indicator that there may be life on the planet. Luckily, BepiColombo will be flying by the Earth’s sister planet this Wednesday, Oct. 14 — giving scientists a chance to confirm if these observations are due to possible lifeforms on the planet.

When the subject of Venus comes up in a conversation, it is almost inevitable to bring up its extreme temperatures, toxic gases and dangerously crushing air pressure. A recent discovery of the presence of phosphine on the planet’s clouds has led scientists and researchers to think about the possibility of life on Venus, according

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