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    Clear skies offer composition clues

    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. The planet is about the size of Neptune, making it the smallest planet from which molecules of any kind have been detected.

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    NASA's Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids.

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    The most precise measurement of an alien world's size

    Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the size of a world outside our solar system.

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    On second thought...

    Gliese 581g was a really exciting exoplanet discovery -- now it turns out it wasn't a discovery at all. What's up with the disappearing exoplanets?

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    Blizzard world within a binary system

    A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like—and even potentially habitable—planets can form, and how to find them.

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    A super close call

    A newly-discovered Super-Earth may be the closest planet to our own astronomers have found so far.

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    Eyes on Exoplanets

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    Clear skies offer composition clues

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    NASA's Spitzer telescope witnesses asteroid smashup

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    The most precise measurement of an alien world's size

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    On second thought...

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    Blizzard world within a binary system

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    August 28, 2014

    NASA's Spitzer Telescope Witnesses Asteroid Smashup

    NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has spotted an eruption of dust around a young star, possibly the result of a smashup between large asteroids.

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    July 23, 2014

    The most precise measurement of an alien world's size

    Using data from NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the size of a world outside our solar system.

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    July 22, 2014

    Transiting exoplanet with longest known year

    Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Located beyond the "snow line" this planet may give clues about planetary migration.

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  • Binaryplanet

    July 03, 2014

    Frozen world discovered in binary star system

    A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers’ notions of where Earth-like—and even potentially habitable—planets can form, and how to find them.

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  • Hiressmall

    June 03, 2014

    Astronomers discover death dance of doomed planets

    Two unlucky exoplanets are living on borrowed time.

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    April 17, 2014

    NASA's Kepler telescope discovers first Earth-size planet in 'habitable zone'

    Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone".

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    April 17, 2014

    NESSI - a new exoplanet finder in New Mexico

    The New Mexico Exoplanet Spectroscopic Survey Instrument (NESSI) will soon get its first "taste" of exoplanets, helping astronomers decipher their chemical composition.

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    April 15, 2014

    Water and power: Can electrical energy give rise to life?

    Scientists speculate that warm water and electricity on a young Earth gave rise to life as we know it.

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    April 10, 2014

    That's no moon, that's a...oh wait, maybe it is!

    Researchers spot what could be an exomoon orbiting a distant planet.

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    March 05, 2014

    Astronomers make the first Earth-based CCD images of an exoplanet

    For the first time, astronomers have used the same imaging technology found in a digital camera to take a picture of a planet far from our solar system with an Earth-based telescope.

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