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2014-02-04 16:21:10

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planet, designated Kepler-413b, precesses, or wobbles, wildly on its spin axis, much like a child's top. The tilt of the planet's spin axis can...

2013-09-30 16:20:58

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Astronomers using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have created the first cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system, a sizzling, Jupiter-like world known as Kepler-7b. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The planet is marked by high clouds in the west and clear skies in the east. Previous studies from Spitzer have resulted in temperature maps of planets orbiting other stars, but...

Astronomers Believe 2013 Will Be Record Year For Habitable Planet Discoveries
2012-12-31 13:44:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While 2012, like most years, held some significant findings, 2013 could be one for the record books when it comes to looking for habitable planets. Astronomers know that they are on the verge of discovering the first truly Earth-like extrasolar planet (exoplanet) in 2013. There have been a few exoplanets in the last few years that are similar in size, inferred surface temperature, and distance to their parent star, but scientists...

Exoplanet Found Within Gliese 163 Habitable Zone
2012-09-05 13:54:45

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Good news! The ESO´s HARPS telescope (or High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher) team has found a potentially habitable planet around the red dwarf star Gliese 163! This brings the number of known, potentially habitable planets to 6, most of which have been discovered in the past year. This rocky planet, called Gliese 163c, is considered a superterran, or super-Earth, and is a considerable 50 light years away from...