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Diamond Planet Not So Precious After All
2013-10-09 04:42:18

What was believed to be the first-ever discovered planet to be comprised largely of diamond most likely does not have a high content of the precious mineral after all.

Patchy Clouds On Exotic World Found By NASA Space Telescopes
2013-10-01 09:19:03

Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b.

The Hunt For Extraterrestrial Life On Cloudy Extra-Solar Planets
2013-09-26 11:05:19

An international research team has created a map of the clouds that ensconce Kepler 7b, a distant planet outside our solar system. The studies' researchers said their findings are a step forward in determining which planets outside the solar system can host life.

Spitzer Hunting For Exoplanets
2013-09-25 10:38:33

After 10 years of orbiting the sun, the Spitzer Space Telescope has been repurposed to hunt for exoplanets outside of our solar system.

Scientists May Soon Have New Tools To Answer The 'Are We Alone' Question
2013-09-12 15:23:08

Scientists are working on new tools to help detect whether or not life exists on planets far away from our solar system.

Exoplanet With Water-Rich Atmosphere
2013-09-06 07:43:41

The search for a habitable planet beyond Earth is on. And with new techniques emerging, we are able to characterize the atmospheres of these planets more fully.

Amateur Astronomers Could Be NASA's New Hope For Planet Hunting
2013-09-05 14:16:35

NASA's Open Source Differential Photometry Code for Amateur Astronomy Research (OSCAAR) program will allow amateur astronomers to help the space agency hunt down exoplanets.

Fluffy Disk Baby Star
2013-08-27 09:17:10

In an effort to search out other worlds, astronomers from the SEEDS project have turned their attention to a somewhat unusual source - a young star known as Ry Tau (Tauri) located some 460 light-years from Earth.

Measuring Stellar Gravity
2013-08-23 08:58:22

Researchers at Vanderbilt University have found a clever, simple way to accurately estimate stellar gravity using the star's flickering variations of light.


Latest Exoplanetology Reference Libraries

Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

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...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

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
2004-10-19 04:45:41

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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