astronomy http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/22789/all en "Super-earth" could potentially be habitable—and a mere 42 light years away http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/121108/super-earth-could-potentially-be-habitable-and-mere-42-light-years-away British researchers have found three previously-undetected planets orbiting the star HD 40307—and one of the newly discovered planet is a "super-earth" that could potentially contain water, reported the BBC. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/121108/super-earth-could-potentially-be-habitable-and-mere-42-light-years-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> astronomy NASA Science Science Thu, 08 Nov 2012 15:49:50 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5725323 at http://www.globalpost.com Meteor sighted on the US East Coast http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130323/meteor-sighted-the-us-east-coast A meteorite streaked across the US East Coast on Friday, dazzling observers and causing a major hubbub on social media networks as the sighting was reported. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/130323/meteor-sighted-the-us-east-coast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> astronomy meteorite Americas Want to Know Science United States Sat, 23 Mar 2013 09:41:41 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5791763 at http://www.globalpost.com Isn't she pretty in pink: NASA discovers a new planet http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/130812/nasa-discovers-new-pretty-pink-planet <p><span style="font-size: 12.727272033691406px; line-height: 20px;">NASA&rsquo;s Goddard Space Flight Center recently discovered the existence of a new planet about 57 light years away from Earth. Known as GJ 504b, the planet is about the size of Jupiter&mdash;although several times its mass&mdash;and is the smallest planet ever to be directly imaged by a telescope. Not to mention it also happens to be colored a deep magenta, a sign of its relative planetary youth.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/130812/nasa-discovers-new-pretty-pink-planet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> astronomy NASA pink planet Want to Know Science Mon, 12 Aug 2013 16:31:00 +0000 Gordon Earle 5908068 at http://www.globalpost.com