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  • TOP STORY


    New names for exoplanets: Cast your vote now

    The International Astronomical Union is inviting the public to help decide the names of 32 planets orbiting other stars. Image credit: IAU/L. Calçada

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    Exoplanets 20/20: Looking back to the future

    Two decades into the study of planets that orbit other stars, scientists recall that the discovery of the first such planet seemed almost unbelievable at the time.

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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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    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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    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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    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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  • Iauplanet?1439399277

    New names for exoplanets: Cast your vote now

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    Exoplanets 20/20: Looking back to the future

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    Finding Another Earth

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

  • Jupitertwin

    Jupiter twin orbits a twin of our sun

  • Pia19346

    Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?

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    Finding out what makes hot Jupiters tick

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

  • Posterslide

    Exoplanet Travel Bureau

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    Eyes on Exoplanets

NEWS


  • Earthfromspace

    September 04, 2015

    Seeing Earth as an exoplanet: space probe spots nitrogen

    While finding nitrogen in the atmospheres of exoplanets could help make the case for life, it's difficult to detect. University of Washington astronomers used readings from a space probe to capture nitrogen signatures in Earth's atmosphere from afar, showing how to find them on exoplanets.

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    August 17, 2015

    How to teach 'exoplanets' and the search for habitable worlds

    Teachable moment: What makes Kepler-452b the most "Earth-like" exoplanet found so far?

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  • Stanfordplanet

    August 14, 2015

    Exoplanet snapshot: New imager captures young 'Jupiter'

    A new exoplanet imager takes its first picture: a Jupiter-like planet 100 light years away.

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    July 31, 2015

    Exoplanets 20/20: Looking back to the future

    Two decades into the study of planets that orbit other stars, scientists recall that the discovery of the first such planet seemed almost unbelievable at the time.

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  • Hubble

    July 30, 2015

    Telescopic duo finds Uranus-sized planet

    Scientific teams used the Hubble Space Telescope and the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii to identify a Uranus-sized planet using a powerful technique called "microlensing."

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  • Pia19831_hires

    July 30, 2015

    NASA's Spitzer Confirms Closest Rocky Exoplanet

    Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data.

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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.

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  • Earthlikeexoplanets_0722sm

    July 23, 2015

    Finding another Earth

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Some giant planets, many times the size of Jupiter, are puffed up.

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