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TESS will find 14000 exoplanets, about 10 could be Earth-like worlds

November 30, 2018

How many exoplanets are there? Not that long ago, we didn’t know if there were any. Then we…
Power of Wobble: Finding Exoplanets in Shifting of Starlight

November 21, 2018

There’s more than one way to skin an interstellar cat, and in astronomy there’s more than one way…
Rocky? Habitable? Sizing up a Galaxy of Planets

October 26, 2018

The planets so far discovered across the Milky Way are a motley, teeming multitude: hot Jupiters, gas giants,…
First Exomoon Found! A Neptune-Sized Moon Orbiting a Jupiter-Sized Planet

October 5, 2018

A pair of astronomers combing through data from the Kepler spacecraft have discovered the first exomoon. The moon…
Astronomers Find First Evidence of Possible Moon Outside Our Solar System

October 4, 2018

Using NASA’s Hubble and Kepler space telescopes, astronomers have uncovered tantalizing evidence of what could be the first…
Good night Kepler. NASA Planet Hunter is Almost out of Fuel, and has Gone Into Sleep Mode

October 4, 2018

The Kepler mission is coming to an end. The planet-hunting spacecraft that transformed our understanding of exoplanets and…
NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

September 26, 2018

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. As NASA has…
Kepler Mission Placed in Hibernation to Download Data Before its Last Campaign

July 12, 2018

The Kepler space telescope has had a relatively brief but distinguished career of service with NASA. Having launched…
NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Pauses Science Observations to Download Science Data

July 9, 2018

Earlier this week, NASA’s Kepler team received an indication that the spacecraft fuel tank is running very low.…
Nearly 80 exoplanet candidates identified in record time

June 21, 2018

Scientists at MIT and elsewhere have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope,…
Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus On Star Clusters

May 25, 2018

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft began the 18th observing campaign of its extended mission, K2, on May 12. For…
Farewell Kepler. Welcome TESS

April 19, 2018

At 6:51 EDT on Wednesday, April 18th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral.…
What in the World is an ‘Exoplanet?’

April 13, 2018

Step outside on a clear night, and you can be sure of something our ancestors could only imagine:…
A New Extrasolar Planet is as Hot and Dense as Mercury, but 2.5 Times the Mass of Earth

March 31, 2018

In the course of searching for planets beyond our Solar System – aka. extra-solar planets – some truly…
Kepler’s Almost Out of Fuel. It’ll Make its Last Observation in a Few Months

March 19, 2018

Since its deployment in March of 2009, the Kepler space telescope has been a boon for exoplanet-hunters. As…
NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low

March 15, 2018

Trailing Earth’s orbit at 94 million miles away, the Kepler space telescope has survived many potential knock-outs during…
Earth is a Beaming Beacon in Kepler’s Eyes

March 9, 2018

Capturing images of our home planet from the perspective of faraway spacecraft has become a tradition at NASA,…
DTU scientist leads discovery of almost 100 new exoplanets

February 19, 2018

Based on data from NASA’s K2 mission an international team of scientists have just confirmed nearly 100 new exoplanets, planets…
Citizen Scientists Discover Five-Planet System

January 16, 2018

Over the three years of the K2 mission, 287,309 stars have been observed, and tens of thousands more…
Multi-planet System Found Through Crowdsourcing

January 12, 2018

A system of at least five exoplanets has been discovered by citizen scientists through a project called Exoplanet…
Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

December 15, 2017

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent…
Hubble Observes Exoplanet that Snows Sunscreen

October 27, 2017

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has found a blistering hot planet outside our solar system where it “snows” sunscreen.…
Scientists Improve Brown Dwarf Weather Forecasts

August 18, 2017

Dim objects called brown dwarfs, less massive than the Sun but more massive than Jupiter, have powerful winds…
An Eclipse by Any Other Name: Doing Science with Transits and Occultations

August 18, 2017

An otherworldly atmosphere takes hold when a total solar eclipse blocks the Sun’s light, yet the mechanics of…
NASA’s Kepler Provides Another Peek at Ultra-cool Neighbor

March 9, 2017

On Feb. 22, astronomers announced that the ultra-cool dwarf star, TRAPPIST-1, hosts a total of seven Earth-size planets…
Kepler, don’t give up on the hunt for exomoons

February 14, 2017

The Kepler (link is external)spacecraft has been prolific in its search for planets outside our solar system, known…
NASA Finds Planets of Red Dwarf Stars May Face Oxygen Loss in Habitable Zones

February 9, 2017

The search for life beyond Earth starts in habitable zones, the regions around stars where conditions could potentially…
Microlensing Study Suggests Most Common Outer Planets Likely Neptune-mass

December 17, 2016

A new statistical study of planets found by a technique called gravitational microlensing suggests that Neptune-mass worlds are…
Cloudy Nights, Sunny Days on Distant Hot Jupiters

October 19, 2016

The weather forecast for faraway, blistering planets called “hot Jupiters” might go something like this: Cloudy nights and sunny…
NASA’s Kepler Gets the ‘Big Picture’ of Comet 67P

October 10, 2016

On Sept. 30, the European Space Agency concluded its Rosetta mission and the study of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. During…
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