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    NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

    NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed Kepler-452b as the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.

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    Finding Another Earth

    Kepler's newest planetary find joins a pantheon of planets with similarities to Earth.

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    Jupiter twin orbits a twin of our sun

    Astronomers used a telescope in Chile to discover a "twin" of Jupiter orbiting a distant star.

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    Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?

    Astronomers have found tentative evidence for hypothesized "rejuvenated planets," giant planets that regain their youthful, infrared glow.

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    A vast cloud--"The Behemoth"--trails a bleeding exoplanet

    A warm, Neptune-sized planet 30 light years from Earth is losing its hydrogen atmosphere, forming a huge, comet-like tail.

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    Living color: life on other worlds

    Lifeforms on distant planets that don't rely on photosynthesis might lend a distinctive signature to their planet's light--one that could be visible to powerful telescopes of the future.

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    Mars-size planet orbits distant star

    Scientists measured both the size and mass of a small planet orbiting a star some 200 light years away--a first for an exoplanet smaller than Earth.

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    Finding out what makes hot Jupiters tick

    To learn more about the inner workings of giant exoplanets known as hot Jupiters, as well as their host stars, scientists used NASA supercomputers to create simulations of their interiors.

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  • KEPLER IN THE NEWS


    Kepler's six years In science (and counting): by the numbers

    NASA's Kepler spacecraft began hunting for planets outside our solar system on May 12, 2009.

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    Exoplanet Travel Bureau

    Check out PlanetQuest's new exoplanet travel bureau!

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    Eyes on Exoplanets

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    NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers Bigger, Older Cousin to Earth

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    Finding Another Earth

  • Jupitertwin

    Jupiter twin orbits a twin of our sun

  • Pia19346

    Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?

  • P1517ay

    A vast cloud--"The Behemoth"--trails a bleeding exoplanet

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    Living color: life on other worlds

  • Marsplanet2

    Mars-size planet orbits distant star

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    Finding out what makes hot Jupiters tick

  • Pia18904_ip

    Kepler's six years In science (and counting): by the numbers

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    Exoplanet Travel Bureau

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    Eyes on Exoplanets

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    July 23, 2015

    NASA’s Kepler mission discovers bigger, older cousin to Earth

    NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed Kepler-452b as the first near-Earth-size planet in the “habitable zone” around a sun-like star.

    › read article

  • Earthlikeexoplanets_0722sm

    July 23, 2015

    Finding another Earth

    Kepler's newest planetary find joins a pantheon of planets with similarities to Earth.

    › read article

  • Jupitertwin

    July 15, 2015

    Jupiter twin orbits a twin of our sun

    Astronomers used a telescope in Chile to discover a "twin" of Jupiter orbiting a distant star.

    › read article

  • Triptych

    July 08, 2015

    Will the real ‘first exoplanet’ please stand up?

    Exoplanet hunters sometime disagree over who made the first discovery of a world orbiting another star. But in the end, it's all about timing.

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  • Pia19346

    June 25, 2015

    Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?

    Astronomers have found tentative evidence for hypothesized "rejuvenated planets," giant planets that regain their youthful, infrared glow.

    › read article

  • P1517ay

    June 24, 2015

    A vast cloud--"The Behemoth"--trails a bleeding exoplanet

    A warm, Neptune-sized planet 30 light years from Earth is losing its hydrogen atmosphere, forming a huge, comet-like tail.

    › read article

  • 174100main_planet_plants_lg

    June 23, 2015

    Living color: life on other worlds

    Lifeforms on distant planets that don't rely on photosynthesis might lend a distinctive signature to their planet's light -- one that could be visible to powerful telescopes of the future.

    › read article

  • Marsplanet2

    June 17, 2015

    Mars-size planet orbits distant star

    Scientists measured both the size and mass of a small planet orbiting a star some 200 light years away--a first for an exoplanet smaller than Earth.

    › read article

  • Vriesema_j_field_lines_large

    June 16, 2015

    Finding out what makes hot Jupiters tick

    To learn more about the inner workings of giant exoplanets known as hot Jupiters, as well as their host stars, scientists used NASA supercomputers to create simulations of their interiors.

    › read article

  • Sunscreenplanet

    June 12, 2015

    'Sunscreen' layer spotted on distant planet

    Peering at an exoplanet known as WASP-33b with the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA scientists have discovered that the planet has a superheated stratosphere capable of absorbing ultraviolet and visible light.

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A newly discovered exoplanet, Kepler-452b, takes us closer than ever to finding a planet that looks like our own...

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