APOF XLI

NASA’s Kepler mission confirms the first planet orbiting in the “Goldilocks” zone around a star similar to our sun. The Kepler team announced 1094 new planet candidate discoveries, bringing the total to 2,326.  207 are Earth-sized, 10 of which may be in the habitable zone.

Voyager 1 has entered a new region of space between the Solar System and interstellar space in what Nasa has described as a ‘cosmic purgatory’.

Black holes so large no one believed it for 20 years

The supernova that gave birth to the Crab Nebula was noted in 1054 A.D by Chinese astronomers and (likely) by the Anasazi Indians in the American southwest.  One of the few historically observed supernovae in our Milky Way, it was visible during daylight for 23 days.

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