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New Exoplanet Pisces
2014-01-10 07:43:23

A team of astronomers has discovered a new giant planet that could have twice the mass of Jupiter.

New Technique Measures Exoplanet Composition
2014-01-09 09:59:15

Scientists have successfully measured the masses of approximately 60 exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space telescope – research that will help them determine the composition of these planets and ultimately whether or not they are capable of supporting life.

Super Earths May Be More Like Our Planet Than Previously Theorized
2014-01-09 06:55:52

It seems like the discovery of Earth-like planets is always announced with one caveat – the planet discovered probably isn’t much like Earth. Many of these are "super-Earths,” which are several times larger than our own planets and thought to be completely covered in water.

Habitable Zone Larger Than Believed
2014-01-08 14:32:50

A new paper published in the journal Planetary and Space Science claims planets that were once thought uninhabitable may actually be able to contain life after all.

Gemini Planet Imager Tracks Down Giant Planet Orbiting Beta Pictoris
2014-01-07 13:47:41

The internationally operated Gemini Observatory has announced the start-up of its new Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a device designed to capture images of planets outside our solar system and probe their atmospheres.

Exoplanet Gassy Earth
2014-01-07 09:54:01

A new discovery, made possible by an international team of astronomers, has located the first confirmed Earth-mass planet occulting, that is -- passing in front of -- its host star.

Rocky Exoplanets Too Hot To Support Life: Kepler Data
2014-01-07 05:07:34

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft team reported details about five new rocky planets on Monday at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington.

New Hubble Data Offer More Details About Cloudy Alien World
2013-12-31 11:53:25

A previously-discovered alien world that has an atmosphere that seems to be made up entirely of water vapor or some form of heavy molecule has now been discovered to be very cloudy.

New Technique Measuring Exoplanet Mass
2013-12-19 15:52:43

A new technique developed by a team at MIT could help scientists determine the mass of exoplanets, using just their transmission spectra.


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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