Stories tagged brown dwarves

Jun
04
2007

To the Moon, Alice!: China and India are planning to send probes to Earth's closest neighbor.  (Photo by NASA)
To the Moon, Alice!: China and India are planning to send probes to Earth's closest neighbor. (Photo by NASA)

I don't do a lot of space-related posts. I find outer space kind of boring. But there have been a few stories lately that caught my eye.

Back to the moon

For the last couple of years, there's been talk of the US going back to the Moon. It looks like we might have some company when we get there. China and India recently announced their separate plans to send unmanned probes to the moon. China wants to study the chemical composition of the Moon’s surface, while India plans to create a 3D map of the satellite.

More planets than you can shake a stick at

Scientists at the University of California at Berkely have announced the discovery of 28 more planets outside of our Solar System, bringing the total to 236. They also discovered seven more “brown dwarfs” – which are basically stars that failed to ignite. Some scientists speculate that brown dwarfs may account for the missing “dark matter” whose gravity holds the Universe together.

And finally,

Hi-res Mars images

From the University of Arizona.