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Researchers Look At Hot Jupiters And Planetary Migration
2013-06-07 07:20:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Stars have an alluring pull on the planets that surround them, especially a class of planets known as hot Jupiters. These planets are gas giants that form farther from their stars before migrating inward and heating up. Hot Jupiters, despite their close-in orbits, are not regularly consumed by their stars, as a new study conducted with data from NASA´s Kepler Space Telescope reveals. These planets remain in fairly stable...

Smallest Planet Ever Found By Kepler Scientists
2013-02-20 15:40:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Another new planetary system has been discovered by Kepler scientists, and this one happens to be home to the smallest planet ever discovered, circling around a star that is strikingly similar to our Sun. The Kepler-37 system sits about 210 light-years from Earth in the constellation Lyra. Only slightly larger than our moon, smaller than Mercury, and about a third the size of Earth, one of its planets is the smallest ever identified by...