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New system discovered with five planets

NASA's planet-discovering Kepler mission suffered a major mechanical failure in May 2013, but thanks to innovative techniques subsequently implemented by astronomers the satellite continues to uncover worlds beyond our solar ...

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Astronomers discover three 'Qatar' exoplanets

(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has discovered three new exoplanets using a Qatar-based planet-searching survey. The newly discovered gas giant exoworlds belong to the so-called "hot Jupiter" family of planets ...

dateJun 29, 2016 in Astronomy weblog
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Chaotic orbit of Comet Halley explained

A team of Dutch and Scottish researchers led by Simon Portegies Zwart (Leiden University) has found an explanation for the chaotic behavior of the orbit of Halley's Comet. The findings are accepted for publication in the ...

dateJun 30, 2016 in Space Exploration
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How planetary age reveals water content

Water is necessary for life as we know it, but too much water is bad for habitability. Therefore, to study the habitability of extrasolar planets, determining the abundance of water is a key element. Yann Alibert, Science ...

dateJun 30, 2016 in Astronomy
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K2-39b: A planet that shouldn't be there at all

(Phys.org)—An international team of astronomers has reported the discovery of a new giant extrasolar planet orbiting a subgiant star so closely that it should be destroyed due to tidal interactions. However, against all ...

dateJun 23, 2016 in Astronomy weblog
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