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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Laser cloaking device could help us hide from aliens

Two astronomers at Columbia University in New York suggest humanity could use lasers to conceal the Earth from searches by advanced extraterrestrial civilisations. Professor David Kipping and graduate student Alex Teachey ...

dateMar 31, 2016 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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Astronomers detect five new 'hot Jupiters'

(—Giant exoplanets, like the so-called 'hot Jupiters' that are similar in characteristics to the solar system's biggest planet and orbit very close to their host stars, are excellent targets for astronomers in ...

dateFeb 16, 2016 in Astronomy report
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