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artist impression of debris around a white dwarf star
2014-03-27 08:16:01

New theory advanced for how collapsed stars become polluted -- pointing to ominous fate that awaits planet Earth.

Space Sunflower Could One Day Help Snap Pictures Of Planets
2014-03-21 10:52:53

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars.

NASA's WISE Spacecraft Has Yet To Uncover Planet 'X' Beyond Pluto
2014-03-10 08:36:02

While NASA’s Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has uncovered thousands of new stars during its multi-year mission, it has been unable to collect any evidence supporting the supposed existence...

Kepler Space Telescope Marks Five Years in Space
2014-03-07 11:47:49

Exactly five years ago, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called exoplanets, in search of potentially habitable worlds.

Massive Ring Of Carbon Monoxide Discovered In Turbulent Comet Field
2014-03-07 10:10:00

NASA scientists have found evidence of a highly-turbulent comet field circling a star 63 light years from Earth. This cosmic shooting gallery has produced a massive ring of carbon monoxide gas...

2014-03-06 08:20:58

BOULDER, Colo., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

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2014-03-06 05:10:06

A team of researchers from the University of Arizona’s Department of Astronomy have managed to use an Earth-based telescope to capture images of a world outside of our solar system.

Exoplanet Atmospheres
2014-03-05 07:53:33

The holy grail of planetary astronomy is the search for a potentially habitable planet, or even better, one that is shown to already contain life.

hypothetical planet with two moons orbiting in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star
2014-03-04 12:04:51

A team of astronomers from the UK and Chile have discovered three new planets classified as Super Earths, which are part of a group of eight new planets discovered orbiting nearby red dwarf stars.

New Austrian Study Suggests Super-Earths Are Unfit For Life
2014-02-27 12:56:13

A team of Austrian scientists has released a new paper that points to evidence that super-Earths -- worlds much like ours, yet considerably larger -- are unfit for life.


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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