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First temperate exoplanet sized up (w/ Video)

( -- Combining observations from the CoRoT satellite and the ESO HARPS instrument, astronomers have discovered the first “normal” exoplanet that can be studied in great detail. Designated Corot-9b, the planet ...

dateMar 17, 2010 in Astronomy
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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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SLAC scientists create twisted light

( —Scientists at SLAC have found a new method to create coherent beams of twisted light – light that spirals around a central axis as it travels. It has the potential to generate twisted light in shorter pulses, ...

dateSep 19, 2013 in General Physics
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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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