Massive new ‘super-Jupiter’ exoplanet discovered

An international team of astrophysicists has discovered an enormous gaseous planet that is 13 times more massive than Jupiter, earning it the designation “super-Jupiter.”

The finding, which is set to be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, marks the first new exoplanet system to be directly observed in over four years, according to the researchers.

(NAOJ / Subaru )

Hoshide back on Earth after record spacewalks

ARKALYK, Kazakhstan — Akihiko Hoshide returned to Earth on Monday after completing a four-month mission to the International Space Station and setting a new record for spacewalks by a Japanese astronaut.

from Japan Times

Leonid meteor shower cometh!

from Space on

This weekend brings us the return of the famous Leonid meteor shower, a meteor display that has brought great anticipation and excitement to night sky watchers around the world.

This will be a favorable year to look for the Leonid meteor shower because the moon will be only crescent and will have set in the west long before the constellation Leo begins to rise into the night sky. The Leonids appear to radiate out of Leo (hence their name), and with the moon out of the sky completely, viewing conditions could be perfect for stargazers with clear weather and dark skies.

Top 10 Telescope Filters for Better Observing |

Top 10 Telescope Filters for Better Observing |

Musk on Mars and Electric Cars

Elon Musk discusses Mars and electric cars

Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal and Tesla, and founder of SpaceX talks to the FT about electric cars for the mass market and putting people on Mars (Financial Times video)