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WASP-18b Has Smothering Stratosphere Without Water

November 30, 2017

A NASA-led team has found evidence that the oversized planet WASP-18b is wrapped in a smothering stratosphere loaded…
‘Iceball’ Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

April 27, 2017

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance…
Probing Seven Worlds with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

March 3, 2017

With the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star 40 light years away, astronomers are looking…
Spitzer Hears Stellar ‘Heartbeat’ from Planetary Companion

February 15, 2017

A planet and a star are having a tumultuous romance that can be detected from 370 light-years away.…
Astronomers Catalog Planets That May Be Earthlike

August 6, 2016

Using public data collected by NASA’s Kepler mission, astronomers have catalogued the planet candidates that may be similar…
NASA’s Next Planet Hunter Will Look Closer to Home

July 29, 2016

As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing…
NASA’s Hubble Telescope Makes First Atmospheric Study of Earth-Sized Exoplanets

July 21, 2016

Using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have conducted the first search for atmospheres around temperate, Earth-sized planets beyond…
NASA’s Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission

July 19, 2016

An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA’s Kepler…
Newly-Discovered Planet Has 3 Suns

July 8, 2016

If you thought Luke Skywalker’s home planet, Tatooine, was a strange world with its two suns in the…
NASA’s K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

June 21, 2016

When a planet such as K2-33b passes in front of its host star, it blocks some of the…
Smaller Stars Pack Big X-ray Punch for Would-Be Planets

June 14, 2016

Young stars much less massive than the Sun can unleash a torrent of X-ray radiation that can significantly…
Kepler-223 System: Clues to Planetary Migration

May 18, 2016

The four planets of the Kepler-223 star system appeared to have little in common with the planets of…
NASA’s Kepler Mission Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

May 11, 2016

NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This…
Mission Manager Update: Kepler Recovered and Returned to the K2 Mission

April 23, 2016

The Kepler spacecraft has been recovered and, as of 8:30 a.m. PDT today, it is back on the…
Mission Manager Update: Kepler Remains Stable as Health Check Continues

April 16, 2016

The Kepler spacecraft remains stable as the process of returning it to science continues. The cause of the anomaly,…
NASA’s Spitzer Maps Climate Patterns on a Super-Earth

March 31, 2016

Observations from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope have led to the first temperature map of a super-Earth planet —…
Hubble Team Breaks Cosmic Distance Record

March 4, 2016

By pushing NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to its limits, an international team of astronomers has shattered the cosmic…
Hubble Directly Measures Rotation of Cloudy ‘Super-Jupiter’

February 19, 2016

Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have measured the rotation rate of an extreme exoplanet by observing the…
Glow from the Big Bang Allows Discovery of Distant Black Hole Jet

February 17, 2016

Astronomers have used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to discover a jet from a very distant supermassive black hole…
1 trillion kilometres apart: a lonely planet and its distant star

January 27, 2016

A team of astronomers in the UK, USA and Australia have found a lonely planet, until now thought…
Hubble Checks out a Home for Old Stars

December 19, 2015

This image, taken with the Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on board the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows…
Meanwhile, in a galaxy not so far, far away…

December 17, 2015

The fantasy creations of the “Star Wars” universe are strikingly similar to real planets in our own Milky…
Iinnovative Planet Finding Technology Passes Another Hurdle

November 13, 2015

VNC Now Sensitive to Broader Spectral Range A potentially revolutionary instrument now being developed to first find Earth-like…
PICTURE-B: Seeing Through the Glare

November 10, 2015

Have you ever looked directly at a bright light and been blinded?  If you look away from the…
Spirals in Dust Around Young Stars May Betray Presence Of Massive Planets

October 31, 2015

A team of astronomers is proposing that huge spiral patterns seen around some newborn stars, merely a few…
WFIRST-AFTA: Groundbreaking Space Observatory to Image Exoplanets and Tackle a Universe of Questions

October 21, 2015

We all want the ability to peer into the future. And that’s exactly the focus of NASA’s Wide-Field…
Mysterious Ripples Found Racing Through Planet-forming Disc

October 8, 2015

Unique structures spotted around nearby star AU Microscopii, or AU Mic for short, is a young, nearby star…
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