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gas planets
2015-01-30 11:37:36

Planets capable of supporting life could start out as gaseous worlds similar to Neptune, only to be transformed by the combination of two phenomena that individually can inhibit their potential habitability, University of Washington astronomers have discovered in a new study.

pluto
2015-01-16 12:35:53

While some astronomers are looking for the existence of planets light years away from Earth, a team of Spanish researchers has suggested there could be at least two planets that have yet to be discovered in our very own Solar System.

super-earths oceans
2015-01-06 09:24:05

One of the key factors in the search for life on other worlds is a planet’s ability to sustain liquid water, and researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have for the first time revealed that this possibility exists on the type of planets known as super-Earths.

transiting super-earth
2014-12-02 04:14:14

An international group of astronomers is the first to measure the passing of a super-Earth exoplanet in front of a bright, nearby Sun-like star using a ground based telescope.

extrasolar planet HAT-P-11b
2014-09-24 13:40:24

Astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes -- Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler -- have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapor on a gaseous planet outside our solar system.

super earth Kepler-93b
2014-07-24 03:00:38

Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system.

Potentially Habitable Exoplanet With Earth-Like Temperatures Found
2014-06-27 08:24:53

Astronomers have discovered a new, potentially habitable Super-Earth believed to possess temperatures comparable to those found here, but with much larger seasonal shifts, provided the atmosphere is similar to our planet.

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.

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.


Word of the Day
upstander
  • A person who stands up for something, as contrasted to a bystander who remains inactive.
  • One of the upright handlebars on a traditional Inuit sled.
The word 'upstander' in the first sense here is a play on the word 'bystander' and the idea of 'standing up' for something.