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Newly discovered planet may have water on its surface
A team of astronomers that includes the University of Hawaiʻi' at Manoa's Nader Haghighipour has announced the discovery of a planet that could have liquid water on its surface.  View News Article (2010-10-01)

More proof that new planet and star are moving together
A planet about eight times the mass of Jupiter has been confirmed to orbit a Sun-like star that's some 300 times farther from its own star than Earth is from its sun.  View News Article (2010-06-30)

Astronomers find two large planets, plus possible super-Earth-size one
A team of three University of Florida astronomers contributed to the Kepler spacecraft's discovery of two Saturn-sized planets, plus a possible third planet with a radius just one-and-a-half times that of Earth, orbiting a distant star. View News Article (2010-08-27)

New findings could help keep satellites and space debris from colliding
Half a million objects, including debris, satellites, and the International Space Station, orbit the planet in the thermosphere, the largest layer of Earth's atmosphere. View News Article (2014-11-14)

Astronomers discover Earth's bigger cousin
Today an international team of astronomers from NASA's Kepler mission have announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. View News Article (2015-07-27)

'Habitable' planet GJ 581d previously dismissed as noise probably does exist
The planet candidate was spotted using a spectrometer which measures the 'wobble', small changes in the wavelength of light emitted by a star, caused as a planet orbits it. View News Article (2015-03-06)

Yale finds a planet that won't stick to a schedule
For their latest discovery, Yale astronomers and the Planet Hunters program have found a low-mass, low-density planet with a punctuality problem. View News Article (2014-10-31)

Theft behind Planet 9 in our solar system
Through a computer-simulated study, astronomers at Lund University in Sweden show that it is highly likely that the so-called Planet 9 is an exoplanet. View News Article (2016-06-01)

European team finds smallest transiting extrasolar planet ever
The CoRoT satellite has discovered a planet only twice as large as the Earth orbiting a star slightly smaller than the Sun. It is the smallest extrasolar planet (planet outside our solar system) whose radius has ever been measured. View News Article (2009-02-03)

New exoplanet too big for its star
The Australian discovery of a strange exoplanet orbiting a small cool star 500 light years away is challenging ideas about how planets form. View News Article (2015-05-01)

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