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Has another interstellar visitor been found?

Has another interstellar visitor been found?

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An amateur astronomer has discovered a comet that could come from outside our Solar System.If so, it would be the second interstellar object after the elongated body known as 'Oumuamua was identified in 2017.The Minor Planet Center (MPC) at Harvard University has issued a formal announcement of the discovery.The body appears to have a "hyperbolic" orbit, which would appear to indicate its origin in another planetary system.A hyperbolic orbit is an eccentric one, where the shape deviates substantially from that of a perfect circle.A perfect circle has an eccentricity of 0. The elliptical orbits of many planets, asteroids and comets have eccentricities between 0 and 1.The newly discovered object - initially given the designation gb...
Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet

Water found for first time on potentially habitable planet

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Astronomers have for the first time discovered water in the atmosphere of a planet orbiting within the habitable zone of a distant star. The finding makes the world - which is called K2-18b - a plausible candidate in the search for alien life.Within 10 years, new space telescopes might be able to determine whether K2-18b's atmosphere contains gases that could be produced by living organisms.Details were published in the scientific journal Nature Astronomy.The lead scientist, Prof Giovanna Tinetti of University College London (UCL) described the discovery as "mind blowing"."This is the first time that we have detected water on a planet in the habitable zone around a star where the temperature is potentially compatible with the pre...
Indian moon lander found after going silent before scheduled landing

Indian moon lander found after going silent before scheduled landing

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Sept. 8 (UPI) -- India's lunar lander has been found on the surface of the moon after going silent moment before it was scheduled for a soft landing, the Indian Space Research Organization said Sunday. The agency has not been able to contact Vikram, which was supposed to land on the moon's south pole Saturday. Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, which is is revolving around the moon, shot a thermal image of the Vikram lander. Its condition wasn't known, ISRO chief K Sivan told India Today TV. India Today TV reported the Chandrayaan-2 team will investigate final emissions and signals to find out why communication loss with Vikram lander. "We are trying to establish a contact," Sivan told ANI. "It will be communicated soon." He added it would be "premature to say anything" about the status of the land...
New species of stegosaur is oldest ever found

New species of stegosaur is oldest ever found

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Aug. 22 (UPI) -- Researchers have discovered a new dinosaur -- a previously unknown type of stegosaur -- in the mountains of Morocco. Based on a few vertebrae and an upper arm bone, a team of researchers at London's Natural History Museum said Adratiklit boulahfa is the first stegosaur found in North Africa. The remains of the 186 million-year-old dinosaur, detailed in a paper published in the journal Gondwana Research, were found in the Middle Atlas Mountains in Morocco, an area that has not been studied for fossils very extensively, researchers said. "Despite being from the African continent, our phylogenetic analysis indicated that, surprisingly, Adratiklit is more closely related to European stegosaurs than it is to the two genera known from Southern Africa," Tom Raven, a doctoral st...
‘Hollywood Ripper’ found guilty of killing Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend

‘Hollywood Ripper’ found guilty of killing Ashton Kutcher’s girlfriend

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A man dubbed the "Hollywood Ripper" has been found guilty of murdering two women, including the girlfriend of actor Ashton Kutcher, and attempting to kill another.Michael Gargiulo, 43, was described as a "stone-cold serial killer" who preyed on women in attacks he carefully planned. The jury also found him guilty of attempting to kill a 26-year-old woman in 2008 but she survived and testified against him.Prosecutor Dan Akemon said that all the women were young, good-looking and had a zest for life, and all lived near Gargiulo.Mr Akemon said: "He targeted them for murder and… attacked all of them with a knife." Advertisement He added that Gargiulo "watched and waited" for "the perfect opportunity" to kill in