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Explained: Transiting exoplanets

In the quest to find life elsewhere in the universe, planetary scientists have detected more than 500 planets outside the solar system, or exoplanets, over the past 15 years. About one-fifth of those were ...

Jan 27, 2011 3.3 / 5 (3) 3

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 ...

Nov 14, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0

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 ...

May 27, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

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 ...

Dec 15, 2010 5 / 5 (1) 5