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Learning from hot Jupiters

The possibility of discovering a planet that is small, cool, rocky, orbiting a sunlike star and able to host life -- an Earth twin, in other words -- has made the search for planets outside of our solar ...

dateDec 15, 2010 in Astronomy
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Seeing the phases of exoplanets

Everyone is familiar with the fact that the moon changes phases. But what many don’t know is that planets also go through phases. Shown above are the phases for Venus. We look inwards on Venus from a ...

dateNov 14, 2011 in Astronomy
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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 ...

dateOct 22, 2009 in Astronomy
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'Tidal Venuses' may have been wrung out to dry

Earth-sized exoplanets within a distant star’s habitable zone could still be very much uninhabitable, depending on potential tidal stresses — either past or present — that could have "squeezed ...

dateMar 29, 2012 in Astronomy
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250 years of planetary detection in 60 seconds

Early astronomers realized some of the "stars" in the sky were planets in our Solar System, and really, only then did we realize Earth is a planet too. Now, we're finding planets around other stars, and thanks ...

dateFeb 12, 2015 in Astronomy
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Spitzer telescope puts planets in a petri dish

(Phys.org) —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 ...

dateMay 06, 2013 in Astronomy
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Nearing one thousand exoplanets

A quiet milestone in modern astronomy may soon come to pass. As of today, The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia lists a current tally of 998 extrasolar planets across 759 planetary systems. And although various ...

dateOct 21, 2013 in Astronomy
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