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May 24, 2015
Weather forecasts for planets beyond our solar system
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"Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon." While this might describe a typical late-summer day in many places on Earth, it may also apply to planets outside our solar system, according to a new study by an international team of astrophysicists from the University of Toronto, York University and Queen's University Belfast. Using sensitive observations from the Kepler space telescope, the researchers have uncovered evidence of daily weather cycles on six extra-s ... read more

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Robotically discovering Earth's nearest neighbors
A team of astronomers using ground-based telescopes in Hawaii, California, and Arizona recently discovered a planetary system orbiting a nearby star that is only 54 light-years away. All three plane ... more
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Astronomers join forces to speed discovery of habitable worlds
UC Berkeley astronomers will lead one of 16 new projects funded by NASA to coordinate different exoplanet searches to more efficiently find habitable planets around other stars, and perhaps extrater ... more
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Tau Ceti Probably not the next Earth
As the search continues for Earth-size planets orbiting at just the right distance from their star, a region termed the habitable zone, the number of potentially life-supporting planets grows. In tw ... more
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Titan's Atmosphere Useful In Study Of Hazy Exoplanets
With more than a thousand confirmed planets outside of our solar system, astronomers are attempting to identify the atmospheres of these distant bodies to determine if they could possibly host life. ... more
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First exoplanet visible light spectrum
The exoplanet 51 Pegasi b [1] lies some 50 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Pegasus. It was discovered in 1995 and will forever be remembered as the first confirmed exoplanet to be fou ... more
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White Dwarf May Have Shredded Passing Planet
The destruction of a planet may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but a team of astronomers has found evidence that this may have happened in an ancient cluster of stars at the edge of the Mi ... more
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Spitzer Spots Planet Deep Within Our Galaxy
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known. The disc ... more
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Spitzer, OGLE spot planet deep within our galaxy
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light-years away, making it one of the most distant planets known. The disc ... more
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An exoplanet with an infernal atmosphere
As part of the PlanetS National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR), astronomers from the Universities of Geneva (UNIGE) and Bern, Switzerland, have come to measure the temperature of the atmosp ... more
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Hot and Stormy at High Altitudes on Exoplanet HD 189733b
Studying the atmosphere of an exoplanet, Swiss astronomers derived a temperature profile with unprecedented precision. Their results are based on data collected with a relatively small ground-based ... more
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Small solar eruptions can have profound effects on unprotected planets
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The Solar System and Beyond is Awash in Water
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Earthlike 'Star Wars' Tatooines may be common
Luke Skywalker's home in "Star Wars" is the desert planet Tatooine, with twin sunsets because it orbits two stars. So far, only uninhabitable gas-giant planets have been identified circling such bin ... more
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Planets in the habitable zone around most stars, calculate researchers
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