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Searching for far out and wandering worlds

Astronomers have made great strides in discovering planets outside of our solar system, termed "exoplanets." In fact, over the past 20 years more than 5,000 exoplanets have been detected beyond the eight planets that call ...

dateApr 08, 2016 in Astronomy
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On the road to finding other Earths

Scientists are getting closer to finding worlds that resemble our own "blue marble" of a planet. NASA's Kepler mission alone has confirmed more than 1,000 planets outside our solar system—a handful of which are a bit bigger ...

dateApr 29, 2016 in Astronomy
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Our sun may have eaten a super-Earth for breakfast

Our solar system sure seems like an orderly place. The orbits of the planets are predictable enough that we can send spacecraft on multi-year journeys to them and they will reliably reach their destinations. But we've only ...

dateApr 22, 2016 in Astronomy
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