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NASA will video stream a news briefing at 10:15 a.m. PST (1:15 p.m. EST) Monday, Nov. 4, to announce new results from the agency's Kepler mission.
Diamond planets and other worlds that are rich in carbon might be waterless, NASA researchers explained earlier this month at the 45th meeting of the American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences in Denver.
Astronomers have discovered a seventh planet orbiting a dwarf star, known as KIC 11442793, making it the first Kepler planetary system with this many alien worlds. The star is about 2,500 light years from Earth and its planetary system could be a record holder.
The search for extra-terrestrial planets has been ongoing for at least the past 21 years. Since the early days of exoplanet hunting, the number of such planets identified by scientists has pushed beyond a thousand, thanks largely to the advent of high-tech space observatories, such as the Kepler Space Telescope.
In one of the longest range weather forecasts ever made, a team of UK scientists has determined that the sun’s growing intensity will lead to the evaporation of the oceans and end of life on Earth in about 1.8 to 3.2 billion years.
The search for a habitable planet beyond Earth is on. And with new techniques emerging, we are able to characterize the atmospheres of these planets more fully.
Scientists from MIT have discovered an exoplanet 700 light-years away that fully orbits its host star every 8.5 hours, noting it has one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected.
After spending several months attempting to restore the Kepler Space Telescope to full working order, NASA announced on Thursday it was throwing in the towel – though the observatory could continue to function in a somewhat limited capacity.
When a planet absorbs too much solar radiation, its atmosphere reaches a tipping point - overheating, boiling its oceans and filling with steam. This 'runaway greenhouse' effect results is an uninhabitable world much like Venus.
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