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    The largest solar system in the galaxy

    Scientists have discovered the largest planetary system in the galaxy, a planet that orbits 1 trillion kilometers apart from its star.

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    Combing the galaxy for habitable worlds

    How can lasers help us find life-supporting worlds? Caltech scientists believe they've perfected a tool to find habitable planets– a laser frequency comb.

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    Far beyond Pluto, a possible Planet Nine

    Caltech astronomers believe they've found evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system, a giant with a 20,000 year orbit.

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    Fantastic alien civilizations and where to find them

    Globular star clusters like this one, 47 Tucanae, might be excellent places to search for interstellar civilizations. Their crowded nature means intelligent life at our stage of technological advancement could send probes to the nearest stars.

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    Exoplanets are renamed after heroes and legends

    In the first vote of its kind, over half a million people voted on new names for exoplanets and their stars. The results add names like 'Poltergeist' and 'Chalawan' to the planets' scientific designations.

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    The nearest potentially habitable planet to Earth

    Astronomers have discovered exoplanets that could support liquid water like Earth before. But never one this close to our solar system.

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    8 alien planets that will make you believe Star Wars is real

    What would you say if you found out that our galaxy harbors planets much like the ones in Star Wars?

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    Greetings from your first exoplanet

    The newest addition to the retro Exoplanet Travel Bureau brings you greetings from the very first planets discovered outside our solar system.

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    The largest solar system in the galaxy

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    Combing the galaxy for habitable worlds

  • Plutocrop

    Far beyond Pluto, a possible Planet Nine

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    Fantastic alien civilizations and where to find them

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    Exoplanets are renamed after heroes and legends

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    The nearest potentially habitable planet to Earth

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    8 alien planets that will make you believe Star Wars is real

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    Greetings from your first exoplanet

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  • Farstaredit

    February 02, 2016

    Astronomers find the largest solar system in the galaxy

    Lonely planet no more. What scientists thought was a free-floating planet in space is actually a planet that orbits 1 trillion kilometers apart from its star.

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    January 27, 2016

    Combing the galaxy for habitable worlds

    Space and lasers, the perfect marriage since human beings took flight beyond Earth. Now, Caltech scientists believe they've advanced a tool to find habitable planets– a laser frequency comb.

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    January 20, 2016

    Far beyond Pluto, a possible Planet Nine awaits discovery

    Caltech astronomers believe they've found evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system, a giant with a 20,000 year orbit.

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  • Globularcluster

    January 06, 2016

    Fantastic alien civilizations and where to find them

    Globular star clusters might be excellent places to search for interstellar civilizations. Their crowded nature means intelligent life at our stage of technological advancement could send probes to the nearest stars.

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  • Nyeheader

    December 31, 2015

    Year in Review: Top 5 exoplanet moments of 2015

    It's New Year's Eve and we're counting down with the top five exoplanet discoveries of 2015.

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    December 22, 2015

    Exoplanets are renamed after heroes and legends

    In the first vote of its kind, over half a million people voted on new names for exoplanets and their stars. The results add names like 'Poltergeist' and 'Chalawan' to the planets' scientific designations.

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  • Lasillapretty

    December 17, 2015

    The nearest potentially habitable planet to Earth

    Astronomers have discovered exoplanets that could support liquid water like Earth before. But never one this close to our solar system.

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    December 15, 2015

    8 alien planets that will make you believe Star Wars is real

    What would you say if you found out that our galaxy harbors planets much like the ones in Star Wars?

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  • Dec14

    December 14, 2015

    NASA space telescopes solve missing water mystery on exoplanets

    A survey of 10 hot, Jupiter-sized exoplanets conducted with NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes has led a team to solve a long-standing mystery — why some of these worlds seem to have less water than expected.

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  • Kepler62fe

    December 08, 2015

    Needle in a stack of needles

    Trying to find Earth-size rocky planets would be a whole lot easier if astronomers could predict what kind of stars create them. But the search for rocky planets just got more challenging.

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