Daily Archives: April 9, 2017

Madeleine Albright leads list of winners announced for the Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2017

The Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2017 has announced the nine people who will be awarded a culture diplomat award at the event that started today (April 9) on Saadiyat Island.

The five-day summit will bring together more than 300 world leaders from the government, arts, media, technology and policy to discuss the role of culture in modern times.

Atmosphere detected around an Earth-like planet

Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the super-Earth planet GJ 1132b. This marks the first detection of an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet other than Earth itself, and thus is a significant step on the path towards the detection of life outside our Solar System. The team that made the discovery, led by Keele University’s Dr John Southworth, used the 2.2 m ESO/MPG telescope in Chile to take images of the planet’s host star GJ 1132. They were able to measure the slight decrease in brightness as the planet and its atmosphere absorbed some of the starlight while transiting (passing in front of) the host star.