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October 24, 2014
In a first, astronomers map comets around another star
Paris (AFP) Oct 22, 2014
Astronomers using an ultra-sensitive telescope in the Chilean desert said Wednesday they had mapped hundreds of comets orbiting a star 63 light years from Earth. The feat marks the most complete census of so-called exocomets, or comets in other solar systems, they said. Comets are familiar to us on Earth, for they shed a coat of ice and dust as they near the Sun, which is reflected as a spectacular "tail" in the solar rays. Astrophysicists, though, are keen on them for other reasons. Com ... read more

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Hubble project maps temperature, water vapor on wild exoplanet
A team of scientists including a University of Colorado Boulder professor used NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to make the most detailed global map yet of the glow from a giant, oddball planet orbitin ... more
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New milestone in the search for water on distant planets
Astronomers have found water vapor in the atmosphere of a planet about four times bigger than Earth, in the constellation Cygnus about 124 light years - or nearly 729 trillion miles - from our home ... more
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Clear skies on exo-Neptune
Astronomers using data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered clear skies and steamy water vapour on a planet outside o ... more
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Distant planet's atmosphere shows evidence of water vapor
A Neptune-sized exoplanet, which lies some 729 trillion miles away (122 light-years), has water vapor in its atmosphere. While it's a promising sign for astronomers in search of distant life, exoplanet HAT-P-11b with its water-filled atmosphere is not the kind of place you'd want to live - or where anything could live. ... more
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Chandra Finds Planet That Makes Star Act Deceptively Old
A planet may be causing the star it orbits to act much older than it actually is, according to new data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This discovery shows how a massive planet can affect th ... more
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Solar System Simulation Reveals Planetary Mystery
When we look at the Solar System, what clues show us how it formed? We can see pieces of its formation in asteroids, comets and other small bodies that cluster on the fringes of our neighborhood (an ... more
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'Hot Jupiters' provoke their own host suns to wobble
These large, gaseous exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) can make their suns wobble when they wend their way through their own solar systems to snuggle up against their suns, according to ... more
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First evidence for water ice clouds found outside solar system
A team of scientists led by Carnegie's Jacqueline Faherty has discovered the first evidence of water ice clouds on an object outside of our own Solar System. Water ice clouds exist on our own gas gi ... more
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NRL Scientist Explores Birth of a Planet
Dr. John Carr, a scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star about 335 ... more
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How NASA's New Carbon Observatory Will Help Us Understand Alien Worlds
On July 2, NASA successfully launched the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2), a remote sensing satellite on a mission to precisely measure carbon dioxide levels in our planet's atmosphere. As a b ... more
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Orion Rocks! Pebble-Size Particles May Jump-Start Planet Formation
Rocky planets like Earth start out as microscopic bits of dust tinier than a grain of sand, or so theories predict. Astronomers using the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GB ... more
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Rotation of Planets Influences Habitability
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 wit ... more
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Planet-like object may have spent its youth as hot as a star
Astronomers have discovered an extremely cool object that could have a particularly diverse history-although it is now as cool as a planet, it may have spent much of its youth as hot as a star. ... more
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Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits
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Astronomers come up dry in search for water on exoplanets
A team of astronomers has made the most precise measurements yet of water vapour in the atmospheres of Jupiter-like planets beyond our Solar System and found them to be much drier worlds than expect ... 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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    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
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    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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