Articles tagged "exoplanets"

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Two Super-Earths around red dwarf K2-18

New research using data collected by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) has revealed that a little-known exoplanet called K2-18b could well be a scaled-up version of Earth. Just as exciting, the same researchers also discovered for the first time that the...

December 06, 2017

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Closest temperate world orbiting quiet star discovered

A temperate Earth-sized planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from the Solar System by a team using ESO’s unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be...

November 19, 2017


Planet 9 - the first exoplanet within our home solar system

The newest computer simulation, conducted by researchers from the Lund University in Sweden, suggests the so-called Planet 9 is most likely an exoplanet. If the discovery proves correct, it will make it the first exoplanet revealed inside our home solar system and,...

June 01, 2016


Kepler mission announces largest collection of planets ever discovered

Kepler mission announced today it has verified 1 284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. "This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler and gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star...

May 10, 2016

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Most detailed map of ‘super Earth’ reveals a lava planet

An international team of astronomers, led by the University of Cambridge, used data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope and obtained the most detailed ‘fingerprint’ of a rocky planet outside our solar system to date. They found a planet of two...

March 30, 2016


Astronomers create the first weather map of a giant Jupiter-like exoplanet

For the first time, astronomers have actually mapped the weather of an exoplanet beyond our Solar System. Astronomers have found that gas giant HD 189733b has winds swirling at 8690 km/h (5400 mph). This is due to the planets extremely close orbit around its host...

November 18, 2015


New Earth-like exoplanet discovered, only 39 light years away

Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet in our stellar neighborhood, only 39 light years from Earth, Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced on November 11, 2015. The planet shows no signs of being capable of hosting any life, however it is the closest...

November 13, 2015


Gemini discovers a young, Jupiter-like planet

Astronomers have imaged a new world of a young Jupiter in unprecedented details, using the Gemini Observatory's new Planet Imager (GPI). They discovered the planet's mass is about twice the Jupiter's, and it seems the planet is the most Solar System-like pla

August 14, 2015


Smallest exoplanet found to have water vapour

The smallest exoplanet (about the size of Neptune) HAT-P-11b have been discovered to have clear skies and steamy water vapors as observed by astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes - Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler.John Grunsfeld, assistant administr

October 05, 2014


UEA research shows oceans vital for possibility of alien life

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life. Their new research, published yesterday in the journal Astrobiology, shows the vital role of oceans in m

July 22, 2014


Astronomers find a new type of planet: the "mega-Earth"

Astronomers announced today that they 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 as it grew and become a Jupiter-like gas gi

June 02, 2014


Diamond planets more common than thought

Carbon-rich planets may be more common than previously thought, according to a new research by Yale University astronomers.Some of these planets, all located far beyond Earth's solar system, could contain vast deposits of graphite or diamonds, and their apparent abu

May 14, 2014


First Earth-size planet found In the 'habitable zone' of another star

Astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet and could possibly sustain life. The planet, called

April 17, 2014


Signs of water found in the atmospheres of 5 distant exoplanets

The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but a paper published yesterday in Astrophysical Journal is the first one that conclusively measured and compared the profiles and

December 04, 2013


First map of clouds on an exoplanet

On the exoplanet Kepler 7b, the weather is highly predictable, an international team of scientists has found: On any given day, the exoplanet, which orbits a star nearly 1,000 light-years from Earth, is heavily overcast on one side, while the other side likely enjoys

October 06, 2013


Where it rains glass - Hubble finds a bizarre blue exoplanet

Astronomers at NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have, for the first time, identified a true color of planed out of our Solar System. The planet is 63 light-years away and is boringly named HD 189733b but it is rather interesting, bizarre and exotic. It is also

July 12, 2013


New method of finding planets scores its first discovery

A team at Tel Aviv University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) has just discovered an exoplanet using a new method that relies on Einstein's special theory of relativity. Detecting alien worlds presents a significant challenge since they

May 22, 2013

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New technology aims at improvising exoplanet discovery

A new advanced telescope imaging system is expected to improve detection of exoplanets obscured by exponentially bright stars. Unlike Kepler mission which uses the transit method to find out exoplanets transiting in front of their stars, this one actually blots out

March 18, 2013


Exoplanets: detection, atmospheres and habitability

In this 8th session of the internet-based live lectures between Universities and Institutes, Dr Heike Rauer gives an overview on the current status of exoplanet detections with focus on terrestrial planets in and near the habitable zone, detected by different

February 07, 2013

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Measuring a distant planet's transit (The Exoplant Transit Method)

Astronomers first discovered evidence of a new planet outside of our solar system in 1995. Since then astronomers have discovered 529 other planets. These planets outside our solar system, referred to as extra-solar planets or in short exoplanets, have been detected

January 10, 2013


Astronomers discover Earth-sized exoplanet in a triple star system - the closest exoplanet ever found

A new exoplanet, closest and lightest known yet, is discovered in Alpha Centauri system by a team using ESO's (European Southern Observatory) HARPS (High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher) instrument. It is notable that same team had discovered the first

October 19, 2012

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55 Cancri E - Super-Earth planet scientists think is likely made of diamond

A recent study done by Nikku Madhusudhan, a Yale postdoctoral researcher in physics and astronomy, Yale geophysicist Kanani Lee, and Olivier Mousis, a planetary scientist at the IRAP suggests a surface of a nearby super-Earth planet is covered in graphite and diamond.

October 13, 2012

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New class of exoplanet orbiting a red-dwarf star discovered via Hubble Space Telescope

Observations made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have come up with a new class of planet, a waterworld enshrouded by a thick, steamy atmosphere. It’s smaller than Uranus but larger than Earth.An international team of astronomers led by Zachory Berta of the

February 21, 2012

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First cosmic census estimates there are 50 billion planets in Milky Way

Scientists have estimated the first cosmic census of planets in our galaxy and the numbers are astronomical - at least 50 billion planets in the Milky Way. And some 500 million of those planets are in what is known as the Goldilocks zone, where the climate is thought

February 27, 2011