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earth-like planets
2015-02-05 09:55:25

We may not yet be able to assume that intelligent-life exists on other planets, but a team of Australian scientists are confident there are plenty of planets within our galaxy capable of supporting it--hundreds of billions of “Earth-like” planets, in fact.

Kepler 444
2015-01-28 10:55:11

Astronomers have discovered the oldest known planetary system ever – a star that is more than 11 billion years old and orbited by at least five rocky planets that are all smaller than Earth.

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2015-01-24 08:30:26

Finding the next earth just got one step easier. A new NASA instrument designed to study dust in the so-called habitable zone around a star may help future missions centered around capturing images of planets similar to Earth.

alien earth
2015-01-07 08:28:00

On Tuesday, researchers working with data from NASA's Kepler space telescope announced the discovery of eight new ‘exoplanets’ located in the Goldilocks zone at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

kepler
2014-12-18 16:00:24

The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for the K2 mission and continue its search of the cosmos for other worlds.

Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite
2014-11-09 11:54:07

NASA has officially confirmed the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission, clearing it to move forward into the development phase. This marks a significant step for the TESS mission, which would search the entire sky for planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets.

Gaia
2014-11-07 03:00:30

A recently launched European satellite could reveal tens of thousands of new planets within the next few years, and provide scientists with a far better understanding of the number, variety and distribution of planets in our galaxy.

exoplanet
2014-11-03 03:30:04

For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunter program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem.


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Extrasolar Planet
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Extrasolar Planet -- An extrasolar planet is a planet orbiting around a star other than the Sun. Extrasolar planets were first discovered in the 1990s as a result of improved telescope technology, CCD and computer-based image processing which allowed far more accurate measurements of stellar motions. The first extrasolar planets were reported by the astronomer Aleksander Wolszczan in 1993, orbiting the pulsar PSR 1257+12. Subsequent investigation has determined that they are only planets...

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