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Latest Terrestrial planet Stories

Closest-Ever Exoplanet Discovered In The Alpha Centauri Star System
2012-10-17 14:08:24

Video 1 | Video 2 Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Astronomers have discovered a planet similar in mass to the Earth orbiting a star in the Alpha Centauri system – the nearest to Earth. Surpisingly, according to the astronomers, this planet which is just 4 light years away is also the lightest ever discovered around a star like our Sun. While the planet itself may be more similar in size and mass than Venus is to Earth, that´s where the good news...

Water May Have Been Deposited On Vesta Asteroid Long Ago
2012-09-26 14:42:05

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Astronomers suggest that water may have been delivered to Vesta through a build-up of small particles during an epoch when the Solar System was rich in dust. The team presented their research at the European Planetary Science Congress in Madrid on Wednesday, offering up a radically different hypothesis from the way in which hydrous materials are deposited on other cosmic objects. Using data from NASA's Dawn mission, the team...

Exoplanet's Atmosphere Unveiled Through New Observing Technique
2012-06-27 13:04:31

[ Video 1 ] | [ Video 2 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Astronomers have uncovered a clever new way of studying the atmosphere of an exoplanet in more detail. An international team of astronomers used the European Space Observatory's Very Large Telescope to see the faint glow from the planet Tau Boötis b. For the first time, the team reported that it has been able to study the planet's atmosphere, and was able to measure its orbit and mass precisely. They wrote in...

Vastly Different Planets Found Closely Orbiting Same Star
2012-06-22 04:33:13

Researchers working on NASA's Kepler Mission have discovered an unlikely pair of planets -- one similar to our planet, and the other roughly the size of Neptune -- locked in a surprisingly close orbit around a distant star located more than a thousand light years from Earth. The work, which was led by Joshua Carter of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and University of Washington Associate Professor of Astronomy Eric Agol, discovered that the smaller planet, which was...

2012-06-13 14:32:55

Building a terrestrial planet requires raw materials that weren't available in the early history of the universe. The Big Bang filled space with hydrogen and helium. Chemical elements like silicon and oxygen - key components of rocks - had to be cooked up over time by stars. But how long did that take? How many of such heavy elements do you need to form planets? Previous studies have shown that Jupiter-sized gas giants tend to form around stars containing more heavy elements than the Sun....

Earth-like Planets May Be Scarce In Systems With Hot Jupiters
2012-05-08 12:54:38

Solar systems that have “hot Jupiter-type” planets closely orbiting host stars likely do not have Earth-like planets neighboring them, according to a new study by researchers from University of Florida (UF), Fermilab, and Carnegie Institution. “Hot Jupiters” are giant planets that are roughly the size of Jupiter but orbit more closely to their parent stars, making them much hotter than Earth or Jupiter, according to Eric Ford, researcher at UF. These planets have...

Image 1 - Exoplanet-Consuming White Dwarf Stars Discovered
2012-05-03 10:19:16

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. According to a Thursday press release, researchers from the University of Warwick said that the four stars which they observed were surrounded by dust from shattered planetary bodies. They used the Hubble Space Telescope to survey the chemical composition of those stars' atmospheres, and discovered that the...

NASA's Kepler Mission Extended Through 2016
2012-04-05 07:07:53

Funding for NASA's planet-seeking Kepler Mission, which was scheduled to expire in November, has been renewed for four more years, the US space agency announced on Wednesday. According to Space.com Senior Writer Mike Wall, the Kepler space observatory, which has uncovered evidence of well over 2,000 potential new alien planets since it was launched in March 2009, will continue operations through at least the 2016 fiscal year. The additional funding was recommended by a NASA review...

Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet
2012-04-02 06:11:33

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Kepler spacecraft is discovering a veritable avalanche of alien worlds.  Recent finds include planets with double suns, massive "super-Earths" and "hot Jupiters," and a miniature solar system.  The variety of planets circling distant suns is as wonderful as it is surprising. As the numbers mount, it seems to be just a matter of time before Kepler finds what astronomers are really looking for:  an Earth-like planet orbiting its star in the...

A New Take On Planetary Accretion
2012-02-29 09:39:21

The prevailing model for planetary accretion, also called fractal assembly, and dating back as far as the 18th century, assumes that the Solar System´s planets grew as small grains colliding chaotically, coalescing into bigger ones, colliding yet more until they formed planetesimals. The planetesimals then collided until they formed planets as varied as the Earth and Jupiter. The model assumes that this occurred in an extremely hot (as high as 1,600 degrees Celsius) environment for...


Latest Terrestrial planet Reference Libraries

Planetary and Space Science
2012-05-28 10:21:45

Planetary and Space Science is a peer-reviewed scientific journal established in 1959 and published by Elsevier 15 times per year. As of May 2012, the editor-in-chief is Rita Schulz (The Netherlands). The journal publishes original research articles and short communications. The main focus is on solar system processes which encompass multiple areas of the natural sciences. Research that involves planetary and space sciences involves many disciplines. Celestial mechanics is part of these...

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

Terrestrial Planet Finder -- The Terrestrial Planet Finder is a proposed NASA telescope system capable of detecting extrasolar terrestrial planets. In May 2002, NASA chose two TPF mission architecture concepts for further study and technology development. Each would use a different means to achieve the same goal - to block the light from a parent star in order to see its much smaller, dimmer planets. That technology challenge has been likened to finding a firefly near the beam of...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Planet -- A planet is a body of considerable mass that orbits a star and that doesn't produce energy through nuclear fusion. Until recently, only nine were known (all of them in our own Solar system). As of the end of 2002 over 100 are known, with all of the new discoveries being extrasolar planets. Astronomers often call asteroids minor planets, and call the larger planetary bodies (those which are commonly called planets) major planets. Planets within the solar system can be...

Gas Giant
2004-10-19 04:45:41

Gas Giant -- A gas giant is a generic astronomical term invented by the science fiction writer James Blish to describe any large planet that is not composed mostly of rock or other solid matter. Gas giants may still have a solid core - in fact, it is expected that such a core is probably required for a gas giant to form - but the majority of its mass is in the form of gas (or gas compressed into a liquid state). Unlike rocky planets, gas giants do not have a well-defined surface. There...

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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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