DailyDirt: Distant Discoveries
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Astronomers are constantly discovering new phenomena (or really, really old stuff, depending on how you look at it) all the time. There is simply a lot of stuff in the universe and we’re not going to ever finish looking at all of it. A sizable chunk of the cosmos isn’t even observable to us. But it’s still fascinating to try to catalog everything out there. Here are just a few discoveries keeping astronomers busy these days.
- A tiny blob of light named UDFj-39546284 is tentatively dubbed the most distant galaxy seen so far. The James Webb Telescope will confirm the classification, and until then there’s a 20%(!) chance that this thing isn’t a galaxy at all. [url]
- The Kepler telescope has found 54 planets in a “habitable zone” around their respective stars — and 5 of those are approximately Earth-sized. There are plenty more to find still, too. [url]
- According to statistical analysis, the cosmos is at least 250 times bigger than what we can see. So you can’t believe everything you see.. and there’s lies, damn lies and statistics to back that up. [url]
- In a not-so-distant court, astrology has been re-affirmed as a “trusted science” in India. Apparently, India’s Supreme Court had already ruled astrology as a science in 2004. [url]
- To discover more astronomy-related links, check out what’s floating around in StumbleUpon universe. [url]
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