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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. (2016-06-01)

A planet 1,200 light-years away is a good prospect for a habitable world
A distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable, a team of astronomers reports. (2016-05-27)

First evidence of icy comets orbiting a sun-like star
An international team of astronomers have found evidence of ice and comets orbiting a nearby sun-like star, which could give a glimpse into how our own solar system developed. (2016-05-19)

Squeezing out mountains, mathematically, on Jupiter's moon Io
Mountains aren't the first thing that hit you when you look at images of Jupiter's innermost moon, Io. But once you absorb the fact that the moon is slathered in sulfurous lava erupted from 400 active volcanoes, you might turn your attention to scattered bumps and lumps that turn out, on closer inspection, to be Io's version of mountains. (2016-05-18)

Four synchronized planets reveal clues to how planets form
The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully timed that they provide long-term stability for their planetary system. (2016-05-13)

Hubble catches views of a jet rotating with Comet 252P/LINEAR
This sequence of images taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows Comet 252P/LINEAR as it passed by Earth. The visit was one of the closest encounters between a comet and our planet. (2016-05-13)

NASA directly observes fundamental process of nature for 1st time
Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. (2016-05-13)

Exoplanets' complex orbital structure points to planetary migration in solar systems
The four planets of the Kepler-223 star system seem to have little in common with the planets of Earth's own solar system. And yet a new study shows that the Kepler-223 system is trapped in an orbital configuration that Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune may have broken from in the early history of the solar system. (2016-05-12)

The Sun's magnetic field during the grand minimum is in fact at its maximum
The study of the Sun's long-term variation over a millennium by means of super computer modelling showed that during a time period of the Maunder Minimum type, the magnetic field may hide at the bottom of the convection zone. (2016-05-10)

Satellites to see Mercury enter spotlight on May 9
It happens only a little more than once a decade and the next chance to see it is Monday, May 9, 2016. Throughout the U.S., sky watchers can watch Mercury pass between Earth and the sun in a rare astronomical event known as a planetary transit. (2016-05-04)

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