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exoplanet Artist concept
2014-07-12 04:15:39

The holy grail of planetary astronomy is to find a solar system that mirrors our own. While a lot of effort has been placed on finding a planet with Earth-like properties – the right size, an atmosphere, the right temperature – of equal importance is the search for a Sun-like star.

Two Ancient Worlds Discovered In Neighboring Galactic Cluster
2014-06-04 07:02:00

Using new data from the HARPS spectrometer at the ESO’s La Silla observatory in Chile, an international team of scientists have discovered two exoplanets orbiting a nearby ancient star.

Two Planets Will Be Eaten By Their Star
2014-06-02 03:21:55

Two worlds orbiting a distant star are about to become a snack of cosmic proportions. Astronomers announced on Monday that the planets Kepler-56b and Kepler-56c will be swallowed by their star in a short time by astronomical standards. Their ends will come in 130 million and 155 million years, respectively.

Exoplanets Come In Three "Neapolitan" Flavors
2014-06-02 03:09:48

The planets of our solar system come in two basic flavors, like vanilla and chocolate ice cream.

Astronomers Discover The "Mega-Earth"
2014-06-02 03:30:17

Astronomers announced on Monday that they have discovered a new type of planet - a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth.

New Projects Look To Ramp Up The Search For Intelligent ETs
2014-05-22 12:11:50

Dan Werthimer, who heads Berkeley’s new SETI Research Center, summarized the current efforts to seek out extraterrestrial intelligent life at a hearing held May 21 at the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.

kepler to begin round two
2014-05-18 04:55:20

Believed to be retired for good after breaking down last year, the Kepler spacecraft has been revived and will be part of a newly-approved NASA mission to seek out new exoplanets while also expanding its role into the realm of astrophysical observations.

Search For Life On Exoplanets May Be More Difficult Than Previously Thought
2014-04-30 03:25:19

A new study from the University of Toronto Scarborough suggests the search for life on planets outside our solar system may be more difficult than previously thought.

Mysteries Of Nearby Planetary System's Dynamics Are Now Solved
2014-04-22 12:33:58

Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved

2014-04-17 16:21:08

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" --


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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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