Super Earth refers to planets with a rocky core that has a radius of between 1.5 to 2 of that of Earth. They represent a class of exoplanets of significant scientific interest given the possibility of Earth-like habitability with respect to life, and is a target for observation by both space-based and Earth-based observatories. Thus … More What is a super-Earth in exoplanet research?
Feature article in Science, Vol. 356, Issue 6337, pp. 476-479, “A global robotic telescope network helps astronomers keep up with the fast-changing sky” Summary of article: Using standardized telescopes of diameter between 2 meter and 40 centimeters, a global network of automated telescopes lend clarity to distant stars, galaxies and even exoplanets through the … More Global network of standardized telescopes for time domain astronomy
New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Pluto in July 2015 has returned new understanding of the surface topography of the planet, which reveals greater details of icy crusts previously postulated to exist. Ideas concerning the possibility of life on the icy planet have surfaced and will be discussed here. Surface temperature at Pluto is very … More Possibility of life on Pluto
Pluto is originally classified as the ninth planet of our Solar System, but it was reclassified as a dwarf planet in 2006 by the International Astronomical Union. On examination of the orbital characteristics of Pluto, my belief is that the planet is not a member of our Solar System, but rather, it orbits with a … More Pluto is not a planet of our Solar System
Our moon’s diameter is 3476 km (Link), which is larger than that of Pluto, which stands at 2370 km (Link). Hence, can our moon be a planet? Answer is yes, if our moon orbits in a circular or slightly elliptical orbit around a star. It is our moon because it orbits around our planet, Earth. … More Our moon is bigger in size to Pluto, but it is not a planet. What defines a planet?