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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.

Finding An Exoplanet That Takes 80,000 Earth Years To Orbit Its Sun
2014-05-14 05:40:33

Using observations from multiple observation facilities, an international team of astronomers has identified a very unusual planet that takes around 80,000 Earth years to orbit its sun.

Gemini Planet Imager Tracks Down Giant Planet Orbiting Beta Pictoris
2014-01-07 13:47:41

The internationally operated Gemini Observatory has announced the start-up of its new Gemini Planet Imager (GPI), a device designed to capture images of planets outside our solar system and probe their atmospheres.

Exoplanet Gassy Earth
2014-01-07 09:54:01

A new discovery, made possible by an international team of astronomers, has located the first confirmed Earth-mass planet occulting, that is -- passing in front of -- its host star.

Scientists May Soon Have New Tools To Answer The 'Are We Alone' Question
2013-09-12 15:23:08

Scientists are working on new tools to help detect whether or not life exists on planets far away from our solar system.

Amateur Astronomers Could Be NASA's New Hope For Planet Hunting
2013-09-05 14:16:35

NASA's Open Source Differential Photometry Code for Amateur Astronomy Research (OSCAAR) program will allow amateur astronomers to help the space agency hunt down exoplanets.

Super-Jupiter Planet Observed By Astronomers Using the Subaru Telescope
2013-08-06 05:23:10

There are several techniques employed by astronomers to discover planets orbiting distant stars. The most popular techniques seek transits - where a planet will pass directly in front of a star, blocking part of its light.

Earth-Like Planets Discovered In Atmospheres Of Dead Stars
2013-05-09 14:38:45

The Hubble Space Telescope has helped astronomers spot signs of Earth-like planets in the atmospheres of a pair of burnt-out stars in a nearby star cluster.

Asteroid Belts Are Good For Life
2012-11-01 14:47:52

A new study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society suggests the size and location of an asteroid belt may determine whether life can evolve on a planet.

Image 1 - Astronomers Use ALMA To Dissect Nearby Planetary System
2012-04-12 11:46:36

Astronomers have made a breakthrough discovery in understanding a nearby planetary system, giving clues about how these systems form and evolve.


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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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