“Two exoplanets have been discovered by scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Astronomy orbiting the star HIP 11952. But according to conventional thinking, these worlds shouldn’t exist. You see, HIP 11952 is a ‘metal-poor star and planetary formation is hindered around stars with low metallicity (PDF). This isn’t the only thing; as metal-poor stars were the first stars to form when the Universe was very young, these two worlds also formed around the same time. They are therefore the most ancient exoplanets discovered to date.”
And a notable quote from the Discovery.Com article up there that I thought was interesting:
“So, although exoplanet-hunting surveys generally hunt for exoplanets orbiting metal-rich stars, it is important not to neglect the metal-poor ones. They could be harboring exoplanets of special historical significance.
Future explorers may therefore want to visit these low-metallicity worlds not to search for alien life or “Earth 2.0.” They may be the Indiana Jones’s of the future, carrying out archaeological surveys of these ancient planets, unlocking the secrets of our Universe when it was just a baby.”
That’s not photoshop; that’s an actual cloud hovering inside an actual room. Artist Berndnaut Smilde merges art and science to create small man-made clouds that exist — albeit for just a moment — indoors.
“If you can see a thing whole," he said, "it seems that it’s always beautiful. Planets, lives… . But close up, a world’s all dirt and rocks. And day to day, life’s a hard job, you get tired, you lose the pattern. You need distance, interval. The way to see how beautiful the earth is, is to see it as the moon. The way to see how beautiful life is, is from the vantage point of death.”—The Disposessed by Ursula K. Le Guin