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November 29, 2015
Neptune-size exoplanet around a red dwarf star
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A team of astronomers have used the LCOGT network to detect light scattered by tiny particles (called Rayleigh scattering), through the atmosphere of a Neptune-size transiting exoplanet. This suggests a blue sky on this world which is only 100 light years away from us. Transits occur when an exoplanet passes in front of its parent star, reducing the amount of light we receive from the star by a small fraction. When the orbit of an exoplanet is aligned just right for transits to occur, astronomers ... read more

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Rocket Scientists to Launch Planet-Finding Telescope
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5400mph winds discovered hurtling around planet outside solar system
Winds of over 2km per second have been discovered flowing around planet outside of the Earth's solar system, new research has found. The University of Warwick discovery is the first time that a weat ... more
New exoplanet in our neighborhood
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Astronomers eager to get a whiff of newfound Venus-like planet
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New Results from GPI Exoplanet Survey
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UCLA professor proposes simpler way to define what makes a planet
Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them. At an America ... more
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Newfound Earth-size exoplanet may be an important milestone in search for alien life
Researchers have discovered an exoplanet just slightly bigger than Earth and located much closer to our Solar System than any other terrestrial, alien world. Called GJ 1132b, it orbits a tiny red, d ... more
Distant world's weather is mixed bag of hot dust and molten rain
Weather patterns in a mysterious world beyond our solar system have been revealed for the first time, a study suggests. Layers of clouds, made up of hot dust and droplets of molten iron, have been d ... more
Disk gaps don't always signal planets
When astronomers study protoplanetary disks of gas and dust that surround young stars, they sometimes spot a dark gap like the Cassini division in Saturn's rings. It has been suggested that any gap ... more
Finding New Worlds with a Play of Light and Shadow
Astronomers have used many different methods to discover planets beyond the solar system, but the most successful by far is transit photometry, which measures changes in a star's brightness caused b ... more
Did Jupiter Expel A Rival Gas Giant
It's like something out of an interplanetary chess game. Astrophysicists at the University of Toronto have found that a close encounter with Jupiter about four billion years ago may have resulted in ... more
Scientists simulate 3-D exotic clouds on an exoplanet
Scientists have catalogued nearly 2,000 exoplanets around stars near and far. While most of these are giant and inhospitable, improved techniques and spacecraft have uncovered increasingly smaller w ... more
Spirals in dust around young stars may betray presence of massive planets
A team of astronomers is proposing that huge spiral patterns seen around some newborn stars, merely a few million years old (about one percent our sun's age), may be evidence for the presence of gia ... more
The Exoplanet Era
Throughout the history of science, moments periodically arrive when new fields of knowledge and discovery just explode. Cosmology was a kind of dream world until Edwin Hubble established that the un ... more
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