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Good news! Experts have analyzed thousands of exoplanets in our galaxy and the calculations show that billions of those stars could have planets in the habitable zone.
A software application based on an algorithm created by a NASA challenge has the potential to increase the number of new asteroid discoveries by amateur astronomers.
NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft, which is responsible for discovering more than half of all known planets located beyond our solar system, celebrated its sixth birthday on Saturday, and we thought it would be a good time to take a look back its greatest achievements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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