Wonderful VLT time lapse

Here is a new time lapse video (set it to 720p to fully appreciate it) of the night sky at Cerro Paranal in Chile. All the images were taken at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, in the Atacama desert, a place known for having one of the darkest …

There could be as many rogue planets as stars in our Galaxy

About two decades ago, the only planets we knew were the ones in our solar system. And we discovered other planets, orbiting other stars. With years, more and more have been detected, and their number is constantly growing. Now, it turns out that our Milky Way Galaxy may swarm with …

Astronomy Quiz

This week, I’m introducing something new on the blog: an astronomy quiz! If you like it, I will publish a new quiz each and every week, always related to astronomy, of course. I hope you will enjoy this one, and don’t hesitate to give me some feedback!

Two billion alien earths in our Galaxy

Recently, after the first results from NASA’s Kepler mission, scientists¬†estimated there could be about 500 miilion Earth-like planets in our Galaxy. According to the new estimate, 1 out of 37 Sun-like stars could harbor an Earth-like world.
Considering the number of Sun-like stars in the Milky Way, billions of Earth-like planets …

Into the Milky Way

Many of us live in big cities, and even if we don’t, we are quite often living in places bathing in artificial light. Because of this particular type of pollution, observing the night sky can turn into a real challenge. However, in some very special places, the sky can show …

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