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  • KEPLER IN THE NEWS


    K2's first find

    The reborn Kepler spacecraft has made its first exoplanet discovery of its new mission.

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  • ASTROBIOLOGY


    M-dwarf mirage

    New research has found that seemingly Earth-like planets around red dwarf stars may actually be lifeless worlds, torched early on by an extended and tumultuous birth.

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    Dust difficulties may be diminished

    Scientists have found that Sun-like stars aren't very dusty, improving outlook for finding exoplanets.

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    Q&Alien: What's in an exoplanet name?

    Exoplanets can be pretty weird places, but do their names have to be so weird, too? Watch and learn how the scientific community determines and categorizes these unique planets.

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    Hidden in a dust halo

    Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that it is encased in a halo of fine dust.

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    Strange schedule

    Astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet with a perplexing lack of punctuality, its orbital period changing significantly over a short period of time.

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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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    Eyes on Exoplanets

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  • K2slide

    K2's first find

  • Mirageslideshow

    M-dwarf mirage

  • Slidedust

    Dust difficulties may be diminished

  • Q_a-namesslide

    Q&Alien: What's in an exoplanet name?

  • Spitzer20141110-full

    Hidden in a dust halo

  • Calendarslide

    Strange schedule

  • Neptuneslide

    Clear skies offer composition clues

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    Eyes on Exoplanets

NEWS


  • K2

    December 18, 2014

    K2's first find

    The reborn Kepler spacecraft has made its first exoplanet discovery of its new mission.

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  • Mirageinner

    December 08, 2014

    M-dwarf mirage

    New research has found that seemingly Earth-like planets around red dwarf stars may actually be lifeless worlds, torched early on by an extended and tumultuous birth.

    › read article

  • Pia18901

    December 02, 2014

    Dust difficulties may be diminished

    Scientists have found that Sun-like stars aren't very dusty, improving outlook for finding exoplanets.

    › read article

  • Spitzer20141110-full

    November 17, 2014

    Hidden in a dust halo

    Researchers studying what appears to be a beefed-up version of our solar system have discovered that it is encased in a halo of fine dust.

    › read article

  • Calendarsmall

    November 06, 2014

    Strange schedule

    Astronomers have discovered a new exoplanet with a perplexing lack of punctuality, its orbital period changing significantly over a short period of time.

    › read article

  • Uranus_cloudscrop

    October 24, 2014

    Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

    Using a planet-finding technique called gravitational microlensing, astronomers have discovered an "ice giant" exoplanet similar to Uranus in our own solar system.

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  • 14-226_0

    August 24, 2014

    Spitzer witnesses spectacular 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. This type of collision can eventually lead to the formation of planets.

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  • Pia18463_ip

    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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