Latest Hot Jupiter Stories
An international research team has created a map of the clouds that ensconce Kepler 7b, a distant planet outside our solar system. The studies' researchers said their findings are a step forward in determining which planets outside the solar system can host life.
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.
When scientists began seeking out planets outside of our solar system, they anticipated seeing systems much like our own.
The newest addition to our planet-hunting arsenal, the HARPS spectrograph, has characterized two new worlds. Planets KOI-200 b and KOI-889 b are Jupiter-like planets that orbit very close to their host stars.
According to NASA-funded astronomers, planets can indeed form in dense stellar environments. This evidence comes from the recent discovery of planets that were observed orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars.
Astronomers have used NASA's Kepler to help spot another planetary system that has its planet neatly aligned, similar to our own Solar System.
The discovery is the largest collection of confirmed planets around stars more massive than the sun.
A team led by a former postdoctoral researcher in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics, recently measured the first-ever planetary atmosphere that is substantially enriched in carbon.
NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.
When NASA's Kepler telescope rockets into the night sky on Friday, March 6, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, two University of California, Berkeley, astronomers - key members of the Kepler team - will be watching its fading contrail, hoping that the telescope will reveal Earth's and humanity's place in the universe.
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