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NASA Mission To Reap Bonanza of Earth-sized Planets
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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 objects. During its observations, TESS is expected to find more than 3,000 new planets outside of our solar system, most of which will be possible for ground-based telescopes to observe."Bright host stars are the best ones for follow-up studies of their exoplanets to pin down planet masses, and to character ... read 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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Odd planet, so far from its star
A gas giant has been added to the short list of exoplanets discovered through direct imaging. It is located around GU Psc, a star three times less massive than the Sun and located in the constellati ... more
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    New Exomoon Hunting Technique Could Find Solar System-like Moons
    Among the most sought-after prizes in astronomy these days are "exomoons," or moons orbiting exoplanets. Although astronomers have detected more than a thousand exoplanets, any exomoons they might h ... more
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    Length of Exoplanet Day Measured for First Time
    Observations from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have, for the first time, determined the rotation rate of an exoplanet. Beta Pictoris b has been found to have a day that lasts only eight hours. T ... more
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    Spitzer and WISE Telescopes Find Close, Cold Neighbor of Sun
    NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) and Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered what appears to be the coldest "brown dwarf" known - a dim, star-like body that surprisingly is as fros ... more
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    Alien planet's rotation speed clocked for first time
    Tired of the nine-to-five, the eight-hour work day? At least Earth's 24-hour day leaves some time for eating and sleeping. On Beta Pictoris b, the alien planet with only eight hours in its day, there'd only be time for work, work, work. ... more
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    Astronomical Forensics Uncover Planetary Disks in NASA's Hubble Archive
    Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the Mikulski ... more
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    Seven Samples from the Solar System's Birth
    by Aaron L. Gronstal for a href="http://www.astrobio.net/">Astrobiology Magazine /a> At this year's Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (LPSC), scientists reported that, after eight painstaking ... more
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    Solved: Mysteries of a Nearby Planetary System's Dynamics
    Mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved, report authors of a scientific paper to be published by the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical ... more
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    An Earth-sized planet that might hold liquid water
    In a dim and faraway solar system, astronomers have for the first time discovered a rocky, Earth-sized planet that might hold liquid water-a necessary ingredient for life as we know it. The pl ... more
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