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Are super-Earths actually mini-Neptunes?

(—In the last two decades astronomers have found hundreds of planets in orbit around other stars. One type of these so-called 'exoplanets' is the super-Earths that are thought to have a high proportion of rock ...

dateFeb 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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Sifting through the atmospheres of far-off worlds

( —Gone are the days of being able to count the number of known planets on your fingers. Today, there are more than 800 confirmed exoplanets—planets that orbit stars beyond our sun—and more than 2,700 other ...

dateMay 09, 2013 in Astronomy
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Alien world is blacker than coal

( -- Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet - a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b. Their measurements show that TrES-2b reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on ...

dateAug 11, 2011 in Astronomy
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Can one buy the right to name a planet? IAU responds

In the light of recent events, where the possibility of buying the rights to name exoplanets has been advertised, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) wishes to inform the public that such schemes have no bearing on ...

dateApr 13, 2013 in Astronomy
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Big weather on hot Jupiters

Among the hundreds of new planets discovered by NASA's Kepler spacecraft are a class of exotic worlds known as "hot Jupiters." Unlike the giant planets of our own solar system, which remain at a safe distance from the sun, ...

dateMay 27, 2013 in Astronomy
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Spitzer telescope puts planets in a petri dish

( —Our galaxy is teeming with a wild variety of planets. In addition to our solar system's eight near-and-dear planets, there are more than 800 so-called exoplanets known to circle stars beyond our sun. One of ...

dateMay 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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