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Wind And Clouds Play An Important Role In Hot Jupiter Atmospheres
2013-07-05 05:27:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers studying eight exoplanets falling into the "hot-Jupiter" class suggest winds and clouds play an important role in the atmospheric make up of these exotic planets. Hot-Jupiters are giant planets similar in size to Jupiter, but orbiting very close to their stars. Astronomers are able to detect which gases are present in their atmosphere by analyzing the spectrum of starlight filtered through the planet's atmosphere when it...

Curious Flips Observed In Tau Boo's Magnetic Cycle
2013-07-04 03:58:06

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One star sitting 51 light years away in the constellation of Bootes has a magnetic cycle that is puzzling astronomers. Dr Rim Fares presented the first observations of the complete magnetic cycle of Tau Bootis, or Tau Boo, at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews this week. These are the first observations of the complete magnetic cycle of a star other than our Sun. According to the findings, in...

New Super Earth Found 70 Light Years Away
2013-07-02 14:19:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the Canadian Microvariability & Oscillations of Stars (MOST) telescope, an international team of researchers has uncovered new details about a relatively close Earth-sized planet, according to a new report in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. The star, known as HD 97658, sits just 70 light-years away from Earth and can almost be seen with the naked eye. In 2011, astronomers first discovered a planet orbiting the nearby star,...

Clouds May Help Reveal More Habitable Planets
2013-07-02 05:48:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study from the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, the influence of cloud behavior on climate doubles the number of potentially habitable planets orbiting the most common type of stars in the universe, red dwarfs. In the Milky Way alone, the findings suggest, 60 billion planets may be orbiting red dwarf stars in the habitable zone. The study, published in Astrophysical Journal Letters, is based on...

Gas Giant Exoplanets Close To Parent Stars
2013-06-28 09:34:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Results from the Gemini Observatory's recently completed Planet-Finding Campaign, the most extensive direct imaging survey to date, reveal the outlying orbital space around many types of stars is largely devoid of gas-giant planets, which appear to remain close to their parent stars. The findings could have a significant impact on theories of planetary formation. "It seems that gas-giant exoplanets are like clinging offspring,"...

Two New Planets In Hostile Star Cluster
2013-06-26 13:00:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered two planets smaller than Neptune in the midst of a hostile star cluster environment. Stars kick off their lives in clusters where they fight for room along with thousands of neighbors in an environment surrounded by strong radiation and harsh stellar winds. Astronomers say they found two planets packed into the harsh environment of the star cluster NGC 6811. “Old clusters represent a stellar environment...

Hubble Captures Planet Formation 7.5 Billion Miles From Host Star
2013-06-13 15:09:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope say they have discovered evidence of a planet forming 7.5 billion miles away from its host star. The exoplanet is under construction about 176 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Hydra the Sea Serpent. The suspected planet is orbiting the diminutive red dwarf TW Hydrae. "It's so intriguing to see a system like this," said John Debes of the Space Telescope Science...

Light Sunny Super Earth Discovered
2013-06-12 13:29:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the Astrophysical Journal say they have discovered one very light and sunny super-Earth. Dubbed GJ3470b, the team says the planet is about 14 times the mass of our own planet but is the second lightest of the existing exoplanets that have already been surveyed. Their data revealed that this planet is most likely not covered by thick clouds but is a place where sunscreen would be a necessity. GJ3470b orbits its...

Kickstarter Telescope Campaign Expanded By Planetary Resources
2013-06-12 07:53:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Planetary Resources, a company best known for its plans to mine asteroids, is launching an expanded crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter. The company recently announced its plans to have the public's help to fund its ARKYD space telescope. Planetary Resources has since added plans to enhance the telescope technology to enable it to search for alien planets around distant stars. These upgrades would add exoplanet transit detection...


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...

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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,...

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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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