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Explainer: How astronomers find exoplanets

Astronomers didn't know, 20 years ago, whether planets existed around any stars other than the Sun. All that changed in 1995 with the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting the star 51 Pegasi. And by the beginning of 2014, ...

dateMar 13, 2014 in Astronomy
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Lobster-shaped extrasolar oceans

Alien planets circling the most common stars in the universe may often have strange lobster-shaped oceans on their surfaces, researchers in China now say.

dateMar 13, 2014 in Astronomy
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Kepler marks five years in space

(Phys.org) —Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called ...

dateMar 07, 2014 in Astronomy
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'Super-Earths' may be dead worlds

In the last 20 years the search for Earth-like planets around other stars has accelerated, with the launch of missions like the Kepler space telescope. Using these and observatories on the ground, astronomers ...

dateFeb 26, 2014 in Astronomy
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How abundant are Super-Earths?

Our solar system hosts a cornucopia of worlds, from the hellfire of Venus to the frozen plains of Mars to the mighty winds of Uranus. In that range, the Earth stands alone, with no planet coming close to ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Kepler results usher in a new era of astronomy

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis ...

dateNov 04, 2013 in Astronomy
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