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Stardust Found In Distant Planetary Systems
2011-09-29 08:04:40

Astronomers of the University Jena find a stardust belt in extra-solar planetary systems The debris discs are remnants of the formation of the planets. "We are dealing with enormous accumulations of chunks of matter which create dust when they collide", Alexander Krivov says. This dust is of greatest importance for the astronomers, because it helps to draw conclusions about the planet formation. There are even two debris discs in our solar system, the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt...

Image 1 - Kepler Discovers First Ever Circumbinary Planet
2011-09-15 13:01:09

  NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered a new planet that orbits around a pair of low-mass stars, not unlike the fictional world of Tatooine from the Star Wars universe, the U.S. space agency announced Thursday afternoon. "The existence of a world with a double sunset, as portrayed in the film Star Wars more than 30 years ago, is now scientific fact," NASA said in a statement on Thursday. "Unlike Star Wars´ Tatooine, the planet is cold, gaseous and not thought to harbor...

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2011-08-11 12:00:00

Astronomers said on Thursday that they have discovered the darkest known exoplanet they say is the size of Jupiter. The researchers said exoplanet, TrES-2b, is blacker than coal or any planet or moon in our solar system. "TrES-2b is considerably less reflective than black acrylic paint, so it's truly an alien world," astronomer David Kipping of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), lead author on the paper reporting the research, said in a statement. TrES-2b lacks reflective...

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2011-05-12 09:55:00

Scientists said on Wednesday the majority of the 500 planets detected around stars besides the Sun appear to spin the same way the star does. However, astronomers found that some of these extrasolar planets spin in the opposite direction of the stars they orbit. These backward-spinning planets usually are gassy giants called hot Jupiters. The scientists said these big planets huddle close to their stars, unlike Jupiter, which is about 483 million miles from the Sun. "That's really weird,...

2010-08-26 13:19:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet crossing in front of, or transiting, the same star. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The transit signatures of two distinct planets were seen in the data for the sun-like star designated Kepler-9. The planets were named Kepler-9b and 9c. The...

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2009-08-06 18:20:00

NASA's new exoplanet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the atmosphere of a known giant gas planet, demonstrating the telescope's extraordinary scientific capabilities. The discovery will be published Friday in the journal Science."As NASA's first exoplanets mission, Kepler has made a dramatic entrance on the planet-hunting scene," said Jon Morse, director of the Science Mission Directorate's Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "Detecting this planet's...

2009-05-28 14:28:51

The U.S. space agency says a new planet-hunting technique has recorded its first discovery -- a Jupiter-like planet orbiting one of the smallest stars known. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said the technique, called astrometry, involves measuring the motions of a star as an unseen planet tugs the star back and forth. However, the method had failed to identify any exoplanets. But now two astronomers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory using the technique have identified a...

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2009-04-16 12:20:00

NASA's Kepler mission has taken its first images of the star-rich sky where it will soon begin hunting for planets like Earth. The new "first light" images show the mission's target patch of sky, a vast starry field in the Cygnus-Lyra region of our Milky Way galaxy. One image shows millions of stars in Kepler's full field of view, while two others zoom in on portions of the larger region. The images can be seen online at: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/multimedia/20090416.html...

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2008-01-18 12:30:00

GAINESVILLE, Fla. "” A University of Florida-led sky survey that may double the number of known planets outside the solar system is part of a major new survey program announced today at the American Astronomical Society's annual meeting in Austin, Texas.The Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, slated to begin mid-year and end in mid-2014, consists of four independent surveys operated by the survey's consortium. One will probe the distant universe and seek to learn more about mysterious dark...

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2007-07-11 12:10:00

Astronomers who used powerful telescopes in Arizona and Chile in a survey for planets around nearby stars have discovered that extrasolar planets more massive than Jupiter are extremely rare in other outer solar systems. University of Arizona astronomers and their collaborators from the European Southern Observatory, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy at Heidelberg, Italy's Arcetri Observatory, the W.M. Keck Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics just concluded a...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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