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Planet ‘GJ 1132b’ located just 39 light years away has its own atmosphere


Scientists have found first direct evidence of existence of atmosphere around an exo-planet located some 39 light years away from Earth.

The exoplanet is GJ 1132b orbiting its host star GJ 1132, which is a red dwarf star, in the southern constellation Vela. The work was carried out by scientists at Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany and colleagues. Astronomers imaged the planet’s host star, GJ 1132, and measured the slight decrease in brightness as the planet and its atmosphere absorbed some of the starlight while passing directly in front of their host star.

Kepler yields more information about TRAPPIST-1 planets


California – NASA’s Kepler has been observing the TRAPPIST-1 star system including the seven potentially habitable planets and recently new data about the star and the planets has been released.

Orbital ATK to launch its seventh ISS resupply mission on March 19


Orbital ATK is all set to launch its seventh commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 19.

The resupply mission will be launching from the Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida at approximately 10:56 p.m. EDT on March 19. Orbital ATK will be using its Cygnus spacecraft for the resupply, which will lift off on a Atlas V rocket during a 30-minute window that opens at approximately 10:56 p.m. EDT.