Latest Extrasolar planet Stories

Planetary Building Blocks Found Around White Dwarf Star
2013-10-11 03:01:51

[ Watch the Video: Oxygen And Water Evidence From Extrasolar Asteroid? ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online For the first time, researchers have discovered two essential components required for habitable planets – water and a rocky surface – existing together outside of our solar system. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, the University of Warwick and the University of Kiel report in the latest edition of the journal Science that they had analyzed...

Sunless Planet Found Wandering In Galaxy
2013-10-10 10:04:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While most of the planets seen outside our solar system have been observed orbiting a distant star, one of the most recently discovered exoplanets found was seen wandering the depths of space without the warming comfort of a nearby sun. The newly discovered planet PSO J318.5-22 is 80 light-years from Earth and has a mass about six times that of Jupiter. According to a study in Astrophysical Journal Letters that described the discovery,...

Fomalhaut Triple Star System
2013-10-04 09:17:50

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The search for exoplanets – worlds outside of our own solar system – has grown exponentially in the last decade or two. And while news about the hunt for planets that could potentially support life dominates the headlines, it is equally important to understand the star systems that host these distant space rocks. One system that has garnered significant attention is the nearby star system known as Fomalhaut, partially...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international research team has created a map of the clouds that ensconce Kepler 7b, a distant planet outside our solar system, according to reports published by The Astrophysical Journal and Astrophysical Journal Letters. The studies’ researchers said their findings are a step forward in determining which planets outside our Solar System, also known as exoplanets, can host extraterrestrial life. Kepler 7b orbits a Sun-like...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After 10 years of orbiting the sun, the Spitzer Space Telescope is now playing a completely different role than it was a decade ago – hunting for exoplanets outside the solar system. "When Spitzer launched back in 2003, the idea that we would use it to study exoplanets was so crazy that no one considered it," said Sean Carey of NASA's Spitzer Science Center  in a statement. "But now the exoplanet science work has become a...

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

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists are working on new tools to help detect whether or not life exists on planets far away from our Solar System. Life on Earth is able to send off signals into the atmosphere, such as microbes emitting methane and nitrous oxide. When these chemicals are present in sufficient quantities they become indicators of life and are known as atmospheric biomarkers. Detecting them in the atmosphere of exoplanets could indicate whether or...

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

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The search for a habitable planet beyond Earth is on. Scientists have been searching the heavens to find an exoplanet that is just the right distance from its host star to support liquid water, all the while targeting a surface gravity we would be familiar with and an atmosphere oozing with oxygen. Such a planet has not yet been found, but progress has been made, and we continue to find smaller and smaller planets closer to the...

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

[ Watch the Video: Help NASA Hunt For Exoplanets ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Open Source Differential Photometry Code for Amateur Astronomy Research (OSCAAR) program will allow amateur astronomers to find exoplanets. The US space agency is calling out all amateur astronomers who are seeking to find world's beyond our Solar System. People wanting to get involved who have a telescope will be able to pick up where Kepler left off after a malfunction left...

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

John P. Millis, PhD for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers from the Strategic Exploration of Exoplanets and Disks with Subaru Telescope (SEEDS) project, an effort to search out other worlds, has turned its attention to a somewhat unusual source. Using the Subaru Telescope’s High Contrast Instrument for the Subaru Next Generation Adaptive Optics (HiCIAO), scientists were interested in a young star known as Ry Tau (Tauri) located some 460 light-years from Earth. Around this...

Exoplanet Discovered That Makes Full Orbit In Under Nine Hours
2013-08-19 09:55:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists from MIT have discovered an exoplanet 700 light-years away that fully orbits its host star every 8.5 hours. The scientists wrote in The Astrophysical Journal the earth-sized planet, Kepler 78b, has one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected. They have estimated its surface temperatures may reach more than 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit due to its extremely close orbital position. Kepler 78b is so close to its star the...

Latest Extrasolar planet 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...

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Terrestrial Planet -- A terrestrial planet is a planet that is mostly composed of silicate rocks and may or may not have a relatively thin atmosphere. The term is derived from the Greek word for Earth, so an alternate definition would be those planets that are more Earth-like than not. Terrestrial planets are very different from gas giants, which may or may not have solid surfaces and are composed mostly of hydrogen and helium in various physical states. Only one terrestrial planet,...

2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planet -- A planet is a body of considerable mass that orbits a star and that doesn't produce energy through nuclear fusion. Until recently, only nine were known (all of them in our own Solar system). As of the end of 2002 over 100 are known, with all of the new discoveries being extrasolar planets. Astronomers often call asteroids minor planets, and call the larger planetary bodies (those which are commonly called planets) major planets. Planets within the solar system can be...

Gas Giant
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gas Giant -- A gas giant is a generic astronomical term invented by the science fiction writer James Blish to describe any large planet that is not composed mostly of rock or other solid matter. Gas giants may still have a solid core - in fact, it is expected that such a core is probably required for a gas giant to form - but the majority of its mass is in the form of gas (or gas compressed into a liquid state). Unlike rocky planets, gas giants do not have a well-defined surface. There...

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