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A new instrument being developed at the University of Colorado Boulder could be capable of capturing images up to 1,000 times sharper than those provided by the Hubble Space Telescope, officials at the university have revealed.
A new technique developed by a team at MIT could help scientists determine the mass of exoplanets, using just their transmission spectra.
Scientists are working on new tools to help detect whether or not life exists on planets far away from our solar system.
An international team of astronomers have uncovered a clever new way of studying the atmosphere of an exoplanet in more detail.
Astrophysicists at a UK university have found a quartet of white dwarf stars which they say are in the process of consuming exoplanets that were once similar in composition to Earth.
By studying a triple planetary system that resembles a scaled-up version of our own Sunâ€™s family of planets, astronomers have been able to obtain the first direct spectrum â€” the â€œchemical fingerprintâ€ â€” of a planet orbiting a distant star, thus bringing new insights into the planet's formation and composition. The result represents a milestone in the search for life elsewhere in the Universe.
ESA is launching a new initiative to develop a roadmap for finding Earth-like planets. Searching for rocky planets around other stars, in the hopes of finding an Earth-like world, is a top scientific goal in ESA's Cosmic Vision programme.
Astronomers have struggled for centuries to find our solar system's planets, let alone any outside of our relatively puny cosmic neighborhood. Yet during only the past 13 years, observers have tracked down nearly 300 distant bodies beyond our system thanks to rapid advances in ground-based telescope technology and methods. Ten worlds alone were identified by a group of astronomers in the past six months using earthbound instruments, and another team of scientists just announced...
For the first time ever, NASA researchers have successfully demonstrated in the laboratory that a space telescope rigged with special masks and mirrors could snap a photo of an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star.
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