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September 01, 2016
ALMA Reveals Footprints of Baby Planets in a Gas Disk
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New analysis of ALMA data for HL Tauri provides yet more firm evidence of baby planets around the star. Researchers uncovered two gaps in the gas disk around the star. The locations of these gaps in the gas match the locations of gaps in the dust found in the ALMA high resolution image taken in 2014. This discovery supports the idea that planets form in much shorter timescales than previously thought and prompts a reconsideration of alternative planet formation scenarios. In November 2014, ALMA re ... read more

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The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around ... more
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Brown dwarfs reveal exoplanets' secrets
Brown dwarfs are smaller than stars, but more massive than giant planets. As such, they provide a natural link between astronomy and planetary science. However, they also show incredible variation w ... more
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Scientists to unveil new Earth-like planet: report
Scientists are preparing to unveil a new planet in our galactic neighbourhood which is "believed to be Earth-like" and orbits its star at a distance that could favour life, German weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday. ... more
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Astronomers catalogs most likely 'second-Earth' candidates
Looking for another Earth? An international team of researchers has pinpointed which of the more than 4,000 exoplanets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission are most likely to be similar to our rocky ... more
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Alien Solar System Boasts Tightly Spaced Planets, Unusual Orbits
Tightly spaced planets inside an alien solar system known as Kepler-80 boast a rare orbital configuration. The study was led by Mariah MacDonald as an undergraduate with Darin Ragozzine, an assistan ... more
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NASA's Next Planet Hunter Will Look Closer to Home
As the search for life on distant planets heats up, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is bringing this hunt closer to home. Launching in 2017-2018, TESS will identify planets orbit ... more
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First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky worlds
On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liege, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a mere 40 light years from Earth, that hosts three potentially habitable, Eart ... more
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Atmospheric chemistry on paper
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NASA's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets
An international team of researchers announced Monday the discovery of 104 new planets outside our solar system, including four that could have Earth-like, rocky surfaces. ... more
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NASA's Kepler Confirms 100+ Exoplanets During Its K2 Mission
An international team of astronomers has discovered and confirmed a treasure trove of new worlds using NASA's Kepler spacecraft on its K2 mission. Out of 197 initial planet candidates, scientists ha ... more
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Surface Composition Determines Planet's Temperature and Habitability
In the quest for habitable planets outside our solar system - also known as exoplanets - astronomers are currently focusing on rocky planets that don't look like Earth. These planets orbit so-called ... more
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Gemini Observatory Instrumental in Latest Exoplanet Harvest
The Gemini North telescope on Hawaii's Maunakea helped verify many of the over 100 new worlds announced in the initial crop of discoveries from the NASA K2 mission, according to Ian Crossfield of th ... more
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Warm Jupiters Not as Lonely as Expected
After analyzing four years of Kepler space telescope observations, astronomers from the University of Toronto have given us our clearest understanding yet of a class of exoplanets called "warm Jupit ... more
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Behind the scenes of protostellar disk formation
For a long time the formation of protostellar disks - a prerequisite to the formation of planetary system around stars - has defied theoretical astrophysicists: In a dense, collapsing cloud of gas a ... more
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Lush Venus? Searing Earth? It could have happened
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Graduate students supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) helped helm two separate exoplanet discoveries that could expand researchers' understanding of how planets form and orbit stars. ... more
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A surprising planet with three suns
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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 ... more
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When it comes to brown dwarfs, 'how far?' is a key question
Brown dwarfs are sometimes called failed stars. They're stars' dim, low-mass siblings and they fade in brightness over time. They're fascinating to astronomers for a variety of reasons, but much abo ... more
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Newborn Planet Discovered Around Young Star
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NASA's K2 Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star
Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected. The discovery was made using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission, as well as the W. M. Keck Obser ... more
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