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Astronomers spot second smallest exoplanet

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and other institutions, using the highly sensitive 10-meter Keck I telescope atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea, have detected an extrasolar planet ...

Jan 13, 2010
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VLT captures first direct spectrum of an exoplanet

(PhysOrg.com) -- By studying a triple planetary system that resembles a scaled-up version of our own Sun’s family of planets, astronomers have been able to obtain the first direct spectrum -- the “chemical ...

Jan 13, 2010
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Brown dwarf pair mystifies astronomers

(PhysOrg.com) -- Two brown dwarf-sized objects orbiting a giant old star show that planets may assemble around stars more quickly and efficiently than anyone thought possible, according to an international ...

Dec 21, 2009
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Detecting Life-Friendly Moons

The search for life-friendly real estate around distant stars doesn't have to be limited to planets. New research shows that habitable exomoons can be detected with a new method using current technology.

Oct 26, 2009
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Building Planet Earth

A new study shows how rocky planets are formed from the manic swirl of gas and dust that surround a young star, and determines what chemical building blocks are used to construct the planets. Understanding ...

Oct 22, 2009
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The CoRoT space mission: Early results

Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a special issue this week dedicated to the early results of the CoRoT space mission. The CoRoT (Convection, Rotation & planetary Transits) satellite is a 30 centimeter space ...

Oct 22, 2009
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32 New Exoplanets Found (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Today, at an international ESO/CAUP exoplanet conference in Porto, the team who built the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, better known as HARPS, the spectrograph for ESO's 3.6-metre ...

Oct 19, 2009
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Dirty stars make good solar system hosts (w/ Video)

Some stars are lonely behemoths, with no surrounding planets or asteroids, while others sport a skirt of attendant planetary bodies. New research published this week in The Astrophysical Journal Letters explains why the co ...

Oct 06, 2009
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