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Worldwide contest to name exoplanets and host stars

For the first time, in response to the public's increased interest in being part of discoveries in astronomy, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is organizing a worldwide contest to give popular names to selected ...

dateJul 10, 2014 in Astronomy
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Amateur scientists find niche in locating new planets

Over the past decade, scientists have found evidence of hundreds of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. A group of volunteers has also joined the search, and they have found several additional planets that initially ...

dateJun 13, 2012 in Astronomy
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Alien Planet Safari

The premiere observatory of the next decade, the James Webb Space Telescope, will launch in 2014 in search of "big game"--namely, the first stars and galaxies ever formed in our Universe. But the "little game" could turn ...

dateJan 14, 2010 in Astronomy
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Possible water in the atmosphere of a super-Earth

A "super-Earth" is an exoplanet (a planet around another star) whose mass is between about two and ten Earth-masses. Planets larger than this are closer to Uranus and Neptune in size (and perhaps in other physical properties ...

dateMar 05, 2012 in Astronomy
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Astronomers detect coolest radio star

( -- Astronomers using the world's largest radio telescope, at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, have discovered flaring radio emission from an ultra-cool star, not much warmer than the planet Jupiter, shattering the previous ...

dateApr 18, 2012 in Astronomy
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City lights could reveal E.T. civilization

In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, astronomers have hunted for radio signals and ultra-short laser pulses. In a new paper, Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) and Edwin Turner (Princeton University) ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Astronomy
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