News tagged with planet transits

Kepler spacecraft discovers 'invisible world'

Usually, running five minutes late is a bad thing since you might lose your dinner reservation or miss out on tickets to the latest show. But when a planet runs five minutes late, astronomers get excited because it suggests ...

dateSep 08, 2011 in Astronomy
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Exoplanetary systems

( -- There are now about fifty stars known with more than one orbiting planet - they are the exoplanetary equivalents of the solar system. These stellar families are critical to astronomers piecing together the ...

dateJan 07, 2011 in Astronomy
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Star blasts planet with X-rays

A nearby star is pummeling a companion planet with a barrage of X-rays a hundred thousand times more intense than the Earth receives from the Sun.

dateSep 13, 2011 in Astronomy
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Kepler's astounding haul of multiple-planet systems

( -- NASA's Kepler spacecraft is proving itself to be a prolific planet hunter. Within just the first four months of data, astronomers have found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates. Of those, 408 ...

dateMay 24, 2011 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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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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Kepler finds a very wobbly planet

( —Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler ...

dateFeb 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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