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In the words of Douglas Adams (author of the excellent Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series): “Space, is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mindbogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space!” The distances between even the bodies in our own solar system can be hard to comprehend.
The University Göttingen and University of California scientists have calculated the planet recieves ten per cent less light from its red dwarf star than the Earth gets from the Sun. As the light is in the infrared area, the planet still receives nearly the same amount of energy as the Earth, meaning water could be liquid and surface temperatures could be similar to ours. Astronomers are hailing the plant as the 'Holy Grail' of discoveries, as 20 years ago scientists were still arguing about the existence of planets beyond our solar system. Since the discovery of the first extrasolar planet in 1995, astronomers have confirmed the existence of more than 760 planets beyond the solar system, with only four believed to be in a habitable zone. One of the most successful tools of planet hunters is the High Accuracy Radial Planetary Searcher (HARPS) telescope, which measures the radial velocity of a star.
The Tribeca Film Festival starts April 18 and lasts until April 29. There are 89 feature films screening over the next week and a half, so how do you choose which ones to see? From a documentary about the firemen of Detroit ( Burn ) to a bizarre thriller-slash-family drama starring Eric Bana ( Deadfall ), here’s Vulture’s guide to Tribeca’s gems
Entertainment Meet David Peterson, who developed Dothraki for Game of Thrones There are seven different words in Dothraki for striking another person with a sword.