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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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    Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy

    Warm planets the size of Neptune, but with atmospheres of helium, could be the result of the planet's hydrogen being "slow-cooked" away.

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    Seeking life on other worlds? Check for volcanoes

    Volcanic activity in the atmospheres of distant planets could indicate the presence of life, say University of Washington graduate students, who developed a way to look for signs of volcanoes on exoplanets.

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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

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    Can planets be rejuvenated around dead stars?

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

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    Living color: life on other worlds

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    Mars-size planet orbits distant star

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    Finding out what makes hot Jupiters tick

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    Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy

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    Seeking life on other worlds? Check for volcanoes

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

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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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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

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    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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    June 11, 2015

    Helium-shrouded planets may be common in our galaxy

    Warm planets the size of Neptune, but with atmospheres of helium, could result when hydrogen in such a planet's atmosphere is "cooked off" by its host star, researchers say.

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    June 11, 2015

    Seeking life on other worlds? Check for volcanoes

    Volcanic activity in the atmospheres of distant planets could indicate the presence of life, say University of Washington graduate students, who developed a way to look for signs of volcanoes on exoplanets.

    › read article

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    June 08, 2015

    Possible European Space Agency mission: surveying 500 exoplanet atmospheres

    The European Space Agency is considering surveying of the atmospheres of about 500 nearby exoplanets, one of three new missions chosen for further review by the agency's director of science and robotic exploration.

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    June 02, 2015

    Small planets, circular orbits: a better chance for life

    Observations of 74 Earth-sized planets around distant stars may narrow field of habitable candidates.

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