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New Solar System Discovered Close To Our



During a news conference in Washington DC Wednesday, NASA revealed that, using the Spitzer Space Telescope, they’ve found seven new Earth-sized planets orbiting a star just 40 light years away from us. What’s more, three of those exist within the “Goldilocks zone” which could be habitable for life.

This is the first time that astronomers have discovered another solar system with seven planets roughly the same size as ours. Even more importantly, NASA figures that with the right atmospheric conditions, all seven could contain liquid surface water — though the chances of that are highest of that on the three Goldilocks. And, should further observations uncover oxygen, methane, ozone and carbon dioxide in their atmospheres, it “would tell us there is life with 99 percent confidence,” Michael Gillon, lead author of the paper and the principal investigator of the TRAPPIST exoplanet survey said during the event.

“This discovery could be a significant piece in the puzzle of finding habitable environments, places that are conducive to life,” Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the agency’s Science Mission Directorate, said during the press conference.

This newly discovered Trappist-1 group lies in the Aquarius system just about 235 trillion miles from our own. All seven planets are thought to be terrestrial planets like ours, rather than gas giants like Jupiter or icey dwarfs like Ceres.

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These planets circle their host star — an ultra-cool dwarf that’s both smaller and dimmer than the Sun — in orbits which are closer to their sun than Mercury is to ours. The innermost planets complete their orbits in just 1.5 and 2.4 days, respectively, with the 6th planet making the trip every 12 days. The outermost planet hasn’t been definitively observed yet but is thought to have an orbit of around 20 days.

Their orbits are so close to one another — just a few times the distance between the Earth and the Moon — that if one were to look up from the surface of one could likely see the geological features of its neighbors. Thankfully the Trappist star is rather weak so despite the planets’ proximity, there’s still a very good chance that liquid water could exist on on their surfaces.
“The TRAPPIST-1 system provides one of the best opportunities in the next decade to study the atmospheres around Earth-size planets,” Nikole Lewis, co-leader of the Hubble study and astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute, said in a statement.

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The Trappist system is named after the Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope (TRAPPIST) in Chile, which originally discovered three of the planets and announced their findings in May of last year. With the help of other ground-based telescopes such as the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope, NASA’s Spitzer confirmed the existence of two of them and discovered another five.

This news comes at an exciting time in the search for planets beyond our own solar system. Since the start of just this year, researchers have discovered the presence of water on a planet just 50 light years away, the Keck Observatory’s exoplanet imager has come online and a team of researchers from a compendium of universities have released a trove of observational data from the Keck’s HiRES imager spanning more than two decades. This could just be the start. Last week, NASA launched a crowdsourcing effort enabling citizen scientists to help search for exoplanets as well.

Wow, the planet is just 40 light years away. it is no longer a thing of IF it is now WHEN will humans find a planet like earth.


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TStv to Encrypt it’s Channels, roll out 62 Premium Entertainment Channels



TStv has announced that all of it’s Television channels will be encrypted. This means that the channels on TSTV will no longer be Free-to-air (FTA). The service provider also announced that it will include 62 premium Entertainment channels in it’s collection.

TStv channels will be encrypted starting from 11:50 on November 27th. Also, the premium entertainment channels will be included to the service on 28th November. Prior to the update, viewers will have to pick up a TStv Jolly Decoder at a dealer outlet.

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Owners of the Sassy Decoder are advised to visit any nearest dealer to get the decoder fully activated.

TStv currently has over 50 plus channels which in addy is the 16 premium entertainment channels coming soon.

TStv Africa is a owned Nigerian innovative Pay TV Operator that offer Pay As You View (PAYV) subscription, pause subscription, complimentary internet service and video call.

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TStv sometime went out of the market due to the challenges the company faced even to the “Satellite Providers”. The good news is that they began full operation on 20th August after NigComSat offered them 5 units of 35.5MHz transponders through a collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat.

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MTN APN Configuration That Works – Mobile and Modem



MTN APN is what is required to enable internet connection on your phone. APN is an acronym for Access Point Name. Access Point Name is typically the name of the gateway connecting your internet enabled device to the web through an internet service provider, such as MTN.

Most often we run into the problem of missing APN configuration and can’t surf the web with our phone or modem. If you have your APN configured before now and you still cannot browse, make the listed below are in order.

  • Data subscription balance
  • Data monitor app threshold
  • Other phones of same network can browse. Your inability to browse could be a general problem from the service provider at the moment.
  • Network signal reception

In Nigeria you can fall into the hands of the wrong people, who will charge you high amount of money in the name of configuring your phone for browsing.

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To get the configuration pushed automatically to your phone by MTN.

Send as a text message “Settings” to 3888. Without quotes.

If the above method fails to get you APN configuration, you can fall back to configuring it yourself which always works.

For Mobile phones, navigate to “mobile network” in settings through more connections option, and you should see APN configuration option there.

Note: If your device works just fine, you are advised not to go further. But if for a reason you deleted the pre-installed APN configuration and you want to get it back. You’re welcome. The configurations work for 2G, 3G and 4G network type.



MTN APN settings for smartphones (iOS and Android)

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Note: For MTN 4G MiFi modems, the above configuration works for such devices.


MTN APN settings for modems (U.S.B stick modems)

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Access Point Name is unique to every service provider and can come pre-configured in SIM cards. When you slot in a new SIM card into a phone, it goes through it’s initiation to the service provider’s system. The service provider can then push necessary configurations to the device. Devices with MTN SIM card making an internet connection must be configured with an APN to present to MTN.

MTN will then examine this APN to determine what type of connection should be created, for example: which IP addresses should be assigned to the wireless device, which security methods should be used, etc. All of which is done in a second by a programmed system.

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#ReallyFreeData, Airtel is dashing free data weekly on Recharge Plus



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Airtel NG is currently giving out free 250mb data to its subscribers so long as you keep recharging your line. The good news is that you get 250Mb every week, once you meet your recharging target. All Airtel users are qualified for this promo and it gets even better because you can use the data to access any website and content.


You can do the recharging through your bank and still get the reward. In total you enjoy 1GB monthly for simply topping up your airtime. You can use the airtime for regular uses, such as making calls and sending text, even subscribing to a regular data plan.

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Speaking of the requirements to enjoy this offer, Airtel NG says you have to recharge your line consistently. Consistently in order to meet your weekly target.

How it Works:

  • To get started, you have to first recharge your Airtel line.
  • Check your weekly target by dialing *479# or check your recharge notifications.
  • Recharge to hit your target
  • Get rewarded with 250MB free.
  • Dial *123# or *140#. to check balance
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Hard to say:

The free data bonus is valid till Sunday 23.59pm every week. You don’t get the reward twice a week, so no need beating the target twice. Airtel didn’t say how long the offer lasts, but it looks like one that its not going over yet. You can’t roll over any unused data. That is to say, once it expires, it’s gone, no renewals.

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