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    March 18, 2014

    Flower power: NASA reveals spring starshade animation

    The flower you see in this animation isn’t NASA’s attempt to celebrate the coming of spring. It’s actually the latest design in a cutting-edge effort to take pictures of planets orbiting stars far from the sun.

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    December 12, 2013

    Far out find

    A new exoplanet discovery, directly imaged by astronomers, is turning some planet formation theories on their heads.

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    July 15, 2013

    Rings and a reality check

    New research shows that debris disk rings may form around stars without planets being involved.

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    May 09, 2013

    Remote Reconnaissance of Another Solar System

    This visualization, produced using the Hayden Planetarium's Digital Universe--the most comprehensive and scientifically accurate, three-dimensional map of the known universe-- shows where the star HR 8799 is in relation to our solar system.

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    February 28, 2013

    Flying through the HD 100546 system

    This video fly-through show the dusty environment around the star HD 100546. A gas giant planet appears to be forming in the ring of dust around the young star.

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    February 12, 2013

    PlanetQuest Timeline

    Watch the PlanetQuest interactive timeline in video format!

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    November 14, 2012

    Artist's impression of the free-floating planet CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9

    This video shows an artist's impression of the free-floating planet CFBDSIR J214947.2-040308.9.

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    October 16, 2012

    A journey to Alpha Centauri

    This video shows an imaginary journey from Earth to the Alpha Centauri system. As we leave the Solar System we see the familiar constellation figures including the Southern Cross (Crux) and the bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri.

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    August 28, 2012

    NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Multiple Planets Orbiting Twin Suns

    NASA's Kepler mission has discovered the first transiting circumbinary system -- multiple planets orbiting two suns -- 4,900 light-years from Earth, in the constellation Cygnus, proving that more than one planets can form and survive in orbit around a binary star.

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    December 20, 2011

    Kepler-20, An Unusual Planetary System

    This artist's animation flies through the Kepler-20 star system, where NASA's Kepler mission discovered the first Earth-size planets around a star beyond our own. The system is jam-packed with five planets, all circling within a distance roughly equivalent to Mercury's orbit in our solar system.

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    March 11, 2011

    Kepler Orrery II

    Daniel Fabrycky from the Kepler science team put together a visualization of all the multiple-planet systems discovered by the Kepler spacecraft as of February of 2011.

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    February 01, 2011

    NASA's Kepler space telescope watches a lone star, Kepler-11

    The star appears to blink in a pattern. It dims like clockwork as six "hands" of differing size orbit around it at different rates.

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    December 06, 2010

    Video of the LBTI instrument's view of the sky.

    Video of the LBTI instrument's view of the sky.

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    January 21, 2010

    What Is Planet Kepler-10b Like?

    Kepler-10b as a scorched world, orbiting at a distance that’s more than 20 times closer to its star than Mercury is to our own Sun.

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    December 29, 2009

    Comparative Life Zones of Stars (without text)

    The habitable zone is the distance from a star where one can have liquid water on the surface of a planet. If a planet is too close to its parent star, it will be too hot and water would have evaporated.

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    December 29, 2009

    Comparative Life Zones of Stars (with text)

    The habitable zone is the distance from a star where one can have liquid water on the surface of a planet. If a planet is too close to its parent star, it will be too hot and water would have evaporated. If a planet is too far from a star it is too cold and water is frozen. Stars come in a wide variety of sizes, masses and temperatures. Stars that are smaller, cooler and lower mass than the Sun (M-dwarfs) have their habitable zone much closer to the star than the Sun (G-dwarf). Stars that are larger, hotter and more massive than the Sun (A-dwarfs) have their habitable zone much farther out from the star.

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    December 29, 2009

    Kepler's Orbit

    Kepler does not orbit the Earth, rather it orbits the Sun in concert with the Earth, slowly drifting away from Earth. Every 61 Earth years, Kepler and Earth will pass by each other.

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    December 29, 2009

    The Optical Path in the Kepler Photometer

    Kepler does not directly observe the image of a planet. Rather it observes the effect the planet has on its parent star. If the orbit of the planet is aligned along Kepler's line of sight to the star, it will block a very tiny amount of light coming from the star to the Kepler telescope.

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  • Kepler_diagram_galacticview_fullsizeh264

    December 29, 2009

    Kepler's View of the Galaxy

    Our Sun is just one out of over 200 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Sun is located in the Orion arm of our galaxy about 25,000 light years from the center of the Galaxy. Kepler will be examining over 100,000 stars in our neighborhood of our galaxy in the Cygnus and Lyra constellations. Most of these stars will be somewhere between 500 and 3,000 light years from our solar system.

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    December 29, 2009

    Lost in the Glare

    Within our own solar system we can observe planetary transits of Mercury and Venus when they pass in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth. Kepler will observe the same phenomena in order to detect Earth-size planets, but from very far away.

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    December 29, 2009

    Kepler Launch at night

    Kepler is launched at night on a Delta 2 expendable launch vehicle.

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    December 29, 2009

    Kepler's view of the galaxy

    Our Sun is just one out of over 200 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Sun is located in the Orion arm of our galaxy about 25,000 light years from the center of the Galaxy.

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    November 17, 2009

    Kepler "Beauty Shot"

    Animation of Kepler spacecraft slowly rotating in space.

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  • Hatp7curvemagnified

    August 05, 2009

    HAT-P-7 Light Curve Magnified

    Animation of HAT-P-7 light curve with magnified y-axis to better show the occultation dip in brightness. When the planet passes behind the star, light that is reflecting off the planet from the star gets blocks, causing a tiny dip in brightness.

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  • Hatp7phaseslightcurve

    August 05, 2009

    HAT-P-7 Light Curve

    Animation of HAT-P-7 light curve showing both large transit dip and small occultation dip.

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    December 09, 2008

    Kepler Field of View

    The Kepler mission will be looking continuously at over 100,000 stars in one region of the sky, in the Cygnus and Lyra constellations. The field of view is extremely large for an astronomical telescope.

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    December 04, 2008

    Water World

    Depiction of a world completely covered with ocean.

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    August 28, 2008

    Delta 2 on Launchpad at night

    Kepler is NASA’s 10th Discovery mission. It is designed specifically to detect Earth-size planets orbiting in the habitable zone of solar-like stars.

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    August 28, 2008

    Kepler Launch and Deployment - Complete

    Kepler is launched at night (10:48 PM EST) on a Delta 2 expendable launch vehicle.

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  • Kuiperlikeiceworld_fullsizeh264

    February 29, 2008

    Kuiper Belt World

    Animation of a frozen planet, similar to worlds in our own solar system's Kuiper Belt.

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    February 29, 2008

    Kepler: Diversity of life possible on other planets

    If life exists on some of the exoplanets that Kepler finds, it may exist in forms similar to what we see in some of Earth's most extreme conditions.

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    February 29, 2008

    Earth-like World

    An animation of an imagined Earth-like exoplanet.

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  • Hotjupiterh264_fullsize

    February 29, 2008

    Hot Jupiter

    The first extra-solar planet detected around a star similar to the Sun was 51 Peg. It has about the mass of Jupiter. But unlike Jupiter, which is five times as far from the Sun as Earth and orbits the Sun in 12 years, 51 Peg is twenty times closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun and orbits its star every 4 days.

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    February 28, 2008

    Kepler Fairing Separation

    When the launch vehicle has risen sufficiently above the atmosphere, the fairings protecting the Kepler spacecraft during launch are jettisoned, exposing Kepler to space for the first time.

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    February 28, 2008

    Kepler Third Stage

    Once the third stage finishes its work, Kepler will have sufficient energy to leave the gravitational pull of Earth and go into orbit around the Sun, trailing behind Earth and slowly drifting away from the Earth. Kepler and the Earth will pass each other every 61 years.

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    February 28, 2008

    Kepler Second Stage

    After a 43-minute coast in low Earth orbit, the Kepler launch vehicle's second stage is fired for a final time.

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  • Dustcovermedrez

    February 28, 2008

    Kepler: Ejection of the Dust Cover

    Animation of the Kepler spacecraft ejecting its dust cover.

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    April 20, 2005

    Band of Rubble (Artist Concept)

    This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun.

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