Eclipsing Binaries Found in Newly-discovered Sextuple Star System

A new star system has been discovered that contains 3 pairs of binary stars. But what makes it extra special is that all 3 of them are eclipsing binaries! Named TYC 7037-89-1, researchers found the system using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Brian P. Powell and Veselin Kostov headed up the international …

TRAPPIST-1 Planets May Be More Similar Than We Thought

Back in 2016, the first exoplanet discovery using the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) was made. With 3 planets found, and 4 more later discovered, the system was designated TRAPPIST-1. And the best part – all the planets’ sizes and masses are close to the Earth’s! Such an abundance of Earth-sized planets has …

Underground Salt Water on Ceres

Thanks to data from NASA‘s Dawn spacecraft, scientists have found evidence for underground salt water on Ceres. The spacecraft was able to provide detailed views of the mysterious bright areas on the surface of the dwarf planet. Scientists realised that these bright areas were sodium carbonate deposits, which must have been formed from a salty …