space: September 2010 Archives

275x250.jpg Astronomers have discovered a planet which they claim is about the right distance from its Sun to have water and support life.

The catchily named 'Gliese 581g' is about 20 light-years away, is three times the size of Earth and orbits its sun in 37 days though it does not rotate.

However, boffins say it falls within the "Goldilocks Zone" - the right distance form the sun to have water and an right atmosphere - therefore it could potentially support life.

It's said finding a habitable planet so close means they must be more common than previously thought… but remember an astronomers definition of "so close" is probably different to yours.

A meteor crater in the Egyptian desert which was only found thanks to Google Earth, could help us prepare for future impacts, claim scientists.

The Kamil crater - which measures 16 metres deep and 45 metres wide -  is said to be one of the best-preserved meteorite impact sites ever discovered.

It was created when a rare 10-tonne metallic meteorite travelling over 12,000 km/hour smashed into Earth's surface within the last several thousand years.

But it remained unfound until it was spotted on Google Earth in 2008 and the first expedition there took place earlier this year.

Experts collected over 1000 kg of metallic meteorite fragments, including one 83-kg chunk… unfortunately there was no signs of alien life. 

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