Latest Exoplanetology Stories
Experts hunting for extraterrestrial life on extrasolar planets and elsewhere in the solar system are joining forces in what NASA is calling “an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system,” the US space agency announced Monday.
Astronomers have probed deeper than before into a planetary system 130 light-years from Earth. The observations mark the first results of a new exoplanet survey called LEECH (LBT Exozodi Exoplanet Common Hunt), and are published yesterday in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Thanks to NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and a technique known as microlensing, a team of astronomers has located one of the most distant exoplanets ever discovered – a remote gas planet located approximately 13,000 light-years from Earth.
Yikes. Astronomers recently discovered that a distant exoplanet has one of the most hostile atmospheres known to man, with wind speeds of more than 620 miles per hour and temperatures of greater than 5400 degrees F.
There’s a new hope for Star Wars fans dreaming of a rocky planet that orbits a binary star like Luke Skywalker’s homeworld of Tatooine: astrophysicists from the University of Utah and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory say that such a planet could theoretically exist.
Ball Aerospace Achievement on Planet Hunting Mission Receives Top Honors for Aerospace Science and Technology BOULDER, Colo., March 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Good news! Experts have analyzed thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy and the calculations show that billions of those stars could have planets in the habitable zone.
NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, which is responsible for discovering more than half of all known planets located beyond our solar system, celebrated its sixth birthday on Saturday, and we thought it would be a good time to take a look back its greatest achievements.
Astronomers just can't decide on whether GJ 581d, a super-Earth planet, is real or if it is just 'noise.'
Science fiction fans might remember the dual-star sunset of the first Star Wars film, and while that might seem a little exotic, NASA has reported the discovery of a planet in four-star system called 30 Ari, the second such system ever found.
Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...
Terrestrial Planet Finder -- The Terrestrial Planet Finder is a proposed NASA telescope system capable of detecting extrasolar terrestrial planets. In May 2002, NASA chose two TPF mission architecture concepts for further study and technology development. Each would use a different means to achieve the same goal - to block the light from a parent star in order to see its much smaller, dimmer planets. That technology challenge has been likened to finding a firefly near the beam of...
Extrasolar Planet -- An extrasolar planet is a planet orbiting around a star other than the Sun. Extrasolar planets were first discovered in the 1990s as a result of improved telescope technology, CCD and computer-based image processing which allowed far more accurate measurements of stellar motions. The first extrasolar planets were reported by the astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan in 1993, orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12. Subsequent investigation has determined that they are only planets...
- A person or thing gazed at with wonder or curiosity, especially of a scornful kind.
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