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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.
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.
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.
For just five bucks, the science advocacy start-up Uwingu is allowing anyone with an internet connection to name one of the 500,000 unnamed craters on Mars after themselves, their loved one, a pet or anything else.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new planets.
NASA announced on Wednesday that its Kepler mission has discovered 715 new planets orbiting 305 stars. The space agency said that 95 percent of the newly discovered worlds are smaller than Neptune.
The European Space Agency is preparing a new space mission, named Planetary Transits And Oscillations Of Stars (PLATO), is scheduled for launch in 2024 with a key goal of discovering and learning about extrasolar planets, or "exoplanets."
High-altitude balloons have long been used by scientists who study the Earth, the sun and the stars to gain a better view of their targets by carrying their telescopes far into the stratosphere.
NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March.
Tatooine, a fictional planet with two stars that is best known as the home of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie franchise, may not be as farfetched as one might think.
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 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...
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,...
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 -- 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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