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'Venus zone' narrows search for habitable planets

Long before the hunt began to find Earth lookalikes around other stars, one planet in the Solar System had already been named Earth's twin. With its similar size and mass, Venus measures very close to Earth, with one major yet signif ...

dateApr 14, 2015 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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After Kepler, what is next for the planet hunters?

At the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society earlier this month, the NASA Kepler Space Telescope team announced its 1,000th discovery of a planet outside our solar system. This brings the total ...

dateJan 19, 2015 in Astronomy
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No signals from newest Kepler planet

A newly discovered planet has been observed with the Allen Telescope Array in a search for radio signals that would betray technically sophisticated inhabitants, but no transmissions have been detected.

dateJan 07, 2015 in Astronomy
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Kepler proves it can still find planets

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the report of the Kepler spacecraft's death was greatly exaggerated. Despite a malfunction that ended its primary mission in May 2013, Kepler is still alive and working. The evidence ...

dateDec 18, 2014 in Astronomy
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