Articles tagged "kepler"

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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

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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

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Two planets found sharing one orbit!

Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its orbit with a

February 25, 2011