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August 21, 2014
Rotation of Planets Influences Habitability
Moffet Field CA (NASA) Aug 11, 2014
There are currently almost 2,000 extrasolar planets known to us, but most are inhospitable gas giants. Thanks to NASA's Kepler mission, a handful of smaller, rockier planets have been discovered within the habitable zones of their stars that could provide a niche for alien life. The habitable zone of a star is typically defined as the range from a star where temperatures would allow liquid water to exist on the surface of a planet. At the inner edge of this zone, the star's blistering heat vapor ... read more

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Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry. The thre ... more
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Hubble Finds Three Surprisingly Dry Exoplanets
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the sun - and have come up nearly dry. The thre ... more
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The Most Precise Measurement of an Alien World's Size
Thanks to NASA's Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system. The size of the exoplanet, dubbed Kep ... more
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'Challenges' in quest to find water on Earth-like worlds: study
A study of unprecedented detail has revealed astonishingly little water on three distant planets, hinting at potential obstacles in the search for Earth-like worlds rich in H2O, astronomers said Thursday. ... more
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Transiting Exoplanet with Longest Known Year
Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days. Most of the ... more
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Brown Dwarfs May Wreak Havoc on Orbits of Nearby Planets
Planets that move around their stars in circular orbits are a better bet for life than those in elongated orbits when it comes to creating habitable climate conditions, according to a new study.That ... more
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NASA Mission To Reap Bonanza of Earth-sized Planets
Set to launch in 2017, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will monitor more than half a million stars over its two-year mission, with a focus on the smallest, brightest stellar obje ... more
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Friction from Tides Could Help Distant Earths Survive, and Thrive
As anybody who has started a campfire by rubbing sticks knows, friction generates heat. Now, computer modeling by NASA scientists shows that friction could be the key to survival for some distant Ea ... more
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Newfound Frozen World Orbits in Binary Star System
A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers' notions of where Earth-like-and even potentially habitable-planets can form, and how ... more
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Discovery expands search for Earth-like planets
A newly discovered planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years from Earth is expanding astronomers' notions of where Earth-like-and even potentially habitable-planets can form, and how ... more
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Astronomers discover most Earth-like of all exoplanets
Astronomers at the University of New South Wales in Australia are calling the newly discovered exoplanet Gliese 832c a "super-Earth." In fact, scientists say it's one of the most Earth-like of all the exoplanets so far discovered. ... more
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Mega-Earth in Draco Smashes Notions of Planetary Formation
Worlds like this one aren't supposed to exist. In Draco the Dragon-the 8th largest constellation in our sky-there exists asolid planet weighing close to 17 times as much as Earth. This announcement ... more
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Kepler space telescope ready to start new hunt for exoplanets
NASA's Kepler spacecraft is now fully operational for its new "Second Light" K2 mission. The telescope specializing in seeking planets outside of the solar system suffered a major malfunction last y ... more
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Astronomers Confounded By Massive Rocky World
Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size. This discovery has planet formation theorists challenged to explain how such ... more
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Two planets orbit nearby ancient star
An international team of astronomers, including five Carnegie scientists, reports the discovery of two new planets orbiting a very old star that is near to our own Sun. One of these planets orbits t ... more
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First light for SPHERE exoplanet imager
SPHERE passed its acceptance tests in Europe in December 2013 and was then shipped to Paranal. The delicate reassembly was completed in May 2014 and the instrument is now mounted on VLT Unit Telesco ... more
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    'Neapolitan' exoplanets come in three flavors
    The planets of our solar system come in two basic flavors, like vanilla and chocolate ice cream. We have small, rocky terrestrials like Earth and Mars, and large gas giants like Neptune and Jupiter. ... more
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    Astronomers find a new type of planet: The 'mega-Earth'
    Astronomers have discovered a new type of planet - a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth. Theorists believed such a world couldn't form because anything so hefty would grab hydrogen gas a ... more
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    Because you can't eat just one: Star will swallow two planets
    Two worlds orbiting a distant star are about to become a snack of cosmic proportions. Astronomers report that the planets Kepler-56b and Kepler-56c will be swallowed by their star in a short time by ... more
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    'Godzilla' of Earths circles distant star
    Astronomers have spotted the "Godzilla" of all Earths, a huge rocky planet orbiting a star 560 light years away that is changing scientists' understanding of the origins of the universe. ... more
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    Why Does Earth Have No Super-Earth Cousins?
    New discoveries of many super-Earth planets orbiting very close to sun-like stars have started to make Earth's solar system look a little lonely. The mystery of why Earth ended up without any super- ... more
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    Astronomers identify signature of Earth-eating stars
    Some Sun-like stars are 'Earth-eaters.' During their development they ingest large amounts of the rocky material from which 'terrestrial' planets like Earth, Mars and Venus are made. Trey Mack, a gr ... more
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    Starshade Could Help Photograph Distant Planets
    As a planet orbits near its sun, the bright stellar light interferes with observations made from Earth. To block the excess light, NASA scientists want to launch into space a large instrument called ... more
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    Giant telescope tackles orbit and size of exoplanet
    Using one of the world's largest telescopes, a Lawrence Livermore team and international collaborators have tracked the orbit of a planet at least four times the size of Jupiter. The scientist ... more
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