Cosmic census finds crowd of planets in our galaxy

By SETH BORENSTEIN Published: 6:04 PM 02/19/2011 | Updated: 3:15 PM 02/20/2011

FILE – This 1986 file picture shows part of the Milky Way galaxy as seen from Australia. Scientists have estimated the first cosmic census of planets in our galaxy and the numbers are astronomical: at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. […]

ESOcast 34: How To Stop a Star’s Twinkle – YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx9vwM3r54c

We have all looked up at the sky at night and seen the stars twinkle. It may be pretty and romantic, but it is also a big problem for astronomers, as the shimmering starlight blurs observations.

In this ESOcast we visit the Allgäu public observatory amid the picturesque landscape of southern Germany. Here, as […]