News tagged with planet transits

The Kepler Mission

( -- Since the first planet around another star (an "extrasolar planet") was discovered by SAO astronomers and others in 1989, over 450 extrasolar planets have been found. Their study now comprises a whole new ...

dateApr 26, 2010 in Astronomy
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Detecting Life-Friendly Moons

The search for life-friendly real estate around distant stars doesn't have to be limited to planets. New research shows that habitable exomoons can be detected with a new method using current technology.

dateOct 26, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Kepler and the Search for Life in Our Galaxy

( -- There are so many stars in our galaxy that even if planets with complex life (animals and plants) are rare - say one for every billion stars - there could still be dozens here in the Milky Way. But we are ...

dateSep 15, 2009 in Astronomy
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Finding Twin Earths: Harder Than We Thought

( -- Does a twin Earth exist somewhere in our galaxy? Astronomers are getting closer and closer to finding an Earth-sized planet in an Earth-like orbit. NASA's Kepler spacecraft just launched to find such worlds. ...

dateMar 20, 2009 in Astronomy
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Transit Search Finds Super-Neptune

( -- Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have discovered a planet somewhat larger and more massive than Neptune orbiting a star 120 light-years from Earth. While Neptune has a diameter ...

dateJan 20, 2009 in Astronomy
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