Latest Exoplanetology Stories
You may have thought that NASA's Kepler spacecraft was finished. Well, think again. A repurposed Kepler Space telescope may soon start searching the sky again.
Researchers using new theoretical models have created a new method to simplify the search for Earth-like planets. The new models help rule out the possibility of Earth-like conditions on certain planets outside of our solar system.
New statistical analysis of data obtained by NASA’s now-retired Kepler spacecraft has revealed that one out of every five sun-like stars have at least one Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone.
An international group of scientists are gathering for the second Kepler Science Conference this week at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California. Researchers will be discussing the latest findings from the Kepler Space Telescope data, which includes the discovery of 833 new candidate planets.
NASA will video stream a news briefing at 10:15 a.m. PST (1:15 p.m. EST) Monday, Nov. 4, to announce new results from the agency's Kepler mission.
The astronomers who discovered the exoplanet Kepler 78b have made another startling discovery: the planet’s mass is roughly the same as our own.
Diamond planets and other worlds that are rich in carbon might be waterless, NASA researchers explained earlier this month at the 45th meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences in Denver.
Astronomers have discovered a seventh planet orbiting a dwarf star, known as KIC 11442793, making it the first Kepler planetary system with this many alien worlds. The star is about 2,500 light years from Earth and its planetary system could be a record holder.
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...
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