Hello again fans of Science!
Our listings this week have a decidedly astronomical bent. Not only are there a lot of astronomy events coming up in the next two weeks, there have been some incredible discoveries in the news.
The first is Pluto. The pictures being sent back from the New Horizons spacecraft are amazing and awe inspiring. Here's a link to a natural color image that was released this week. There is more on the mission here. While New Horizons has passed Pluto, it will be sending back images of its encounter for the next year, so this feast of images will continue.
Meanwhile, the Kepler mission was intended to search a specific area of the night sky for earth-like planets that orbit their stars in the "habitable zone". While it has discovered 1030 confirmed planets (and several thousand more candidates for confirmation), it hadn't found one in the right place...until now! Kepler 452b orbits a star similar to our Sun, and has a year only 5% longer than ours (385 days) while being 1.6 times the