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Missing planets attest to destructive power of stars' tides
Astronomers have found hundreds of extrasolar planets in the last two decades, and new research indicates they might have found even more except for one thing -- some planets have fallen into their stars and simply no longer exist. (2009-04-27)
Astronomers discover Earth-sized planet in habitable zone
Notre Dame astrophysicist Justin R. Crepp and researchers from NASA working with the Kepler space mission have detected an Earth-like planet orbiting the habitable zone of a cool star. (2014-04-17)
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. (2014-11-13)
'This solar system isn't big enough for the both of us.' -- Jupiter
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 another planet's ejection from the Solar System altogether. (2015-10-29)
Geotimes: Venturing to Venus
What can be gained from a new mission to Earth's twin planet? (2008-05-01)
The planetary sweet spot
Planet Earth is situated in what astronomers call the Goldilocks Zone -- a sweet spot in a solar system where a planet's surface temperature is neither too hot nor too cold. (2015-07-20)
One planet, 2 stars: New research shows how circumbinary planets form
Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine would have formed far from its current location in the Star Wars universe, a new University of Bristol study into its real world counterparts, observed by the Kepler space telescope, suggests. (2014-01-31)
Newly discovered planet could hold water
The Corot satellite strikes again with another fascinating planet discovery. (2010-03-18)
Theorists tackle astronomer's mysterious 'baby' planet
In June, researchers from the University of Rochester announced they had located a potential planet around another star so young that it defied theorists' explanations. (2004-11-11)
Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?
New research from the University of Washington hints that planets orbiting white and brown dwarfs, even in the habitable zone, face a (2012-11-29)
Squares could make planets more visible
American astrophysicists have found that the best way to view distant, Earth-like planets is through a square hole. (2001-02-06)
Meteorite Study Shows Glimpse Of Red Planet's Ancestry
While the controversy continues over whether a Martian meteorite bears evidence of ancient life on Mars, a Purdue University scientist says the rocky fragments can tell us something about the early life of the planet itself. (1997-03-19)
Galileo's notebooks may reveal secrets of new planet
Galileo knew he had discovered a new planet in 1613, 234 years before its official discovery date, according to a new theory by a University of Melbourne physicist. (2009-07-09)
Scientists from the IAC discover a nearby 'superearth'
Researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias have discovered a 'superearth' type planet, GJ 536 b, whose mass is around 5.4 Earth masses, in orbit around a nearby very bright star. (2016-11-16)
Measuring Mars: The MAVEN magnetometer
When the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission begins its journey to the Red Planet in 2013, it will carry a sensitive magnetic-field instrument built and tested by a team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (2013-03-26)
NRL scientist explores birth of a planet
Dr. John Carr, a scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory, is part of an international team that has discovered what they believe is evidence of a planet forming around a star about 335 light years from Earth. (2014-09-08)
Planet Mars from 5.5 million kilometres
This picture (copyright ESA) was taken on 1 December 2003 from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft by the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) under the responsibility of the Principal Investigator Prof. (2003-12-03)
NPL wins at National SciCast Science Film Competition
On March 30, 2009, at the Royal Institution, the National Physical Laboratory's Andrew Hanson won (2009-04-03)
A trio of super-Earths
European astronomers made a breakthrough in the field of extra-solar planets. (2008-06-16)
Future evidence for extraterrestrial life might come from dying stars
Even dying stars could host planets with life - and if such life exists, we might be able to detect it within the next decade. (2013-02-25)
Researchers search for Venus-like planets
Identification of planets orbiting distant stars is spurring the search for an Earth-like planet. (2014-09-10)
Giant telescope tackles orbit and size of exoplanet
Using one of the world's largest telescopes, a Lawrence Livermore team and international collaborators have tracked the orbit of a planet at least four times the size of Jupiter. (2014-05-15)
Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet
A team of astronomers that includes University of Georgia professor Inseok Song has discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young star system that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around the sun. (2015-08-13)
First results from Juno show cyclones and massive magnetism
On Aug. 27, 2016, the Juno spacecraft made its first close pass around our solar system's largest planet, Jupiter, obtaining insights into its atmosphere and interior that challenge previous assumptions. (2017-05-25)
SFSU Researchers Discover New Planet With Oblong Orbit
A remarkable new planet around a solar-like star (16 Cygni B) has been discovered by Drs. (1996-10-22)
MESSENGER data paints new picture of Mercury's magnetic field: UBC research
A University of British Columbia geophysicist is part of a NASA mission that is analyzing the first sets of data being collected by MESSENGER as it orbits Mercury. (2011-09-29)
New telescope chip offers clear view of alien planets
Scientists have developed a new optical chip for a telescope that enables astronomers to have a clear view of alien planets that may support life. (2016-12-05)
Flipping hot Jupiters
In the last few years astronomers have observed that in some extrasolar systems the star is spinning one way and the planet, a (2011-05-11)
Weird orbits of neighbors can make 'habitable' planets not so habitable
New findings from computer modeling indicate some exoplanets might fluctuate between being habitable and being inhospitable to life because of forces exerted by giant neighbors with eccentric orbits. (2010-05-24)
UCF professor finds that hottest measured extrasolar planet is 3700 degrees
A UCF professor and his team have discovered the hottest exoplanet measured to be 3,700 degrees. (2007-05-09)
Mystery solved: How the orbits of extrasolar planets became so eccentric
Beginning with the discovery 10 years ago of the first extrasolar planet, evidence suggests that, as far as planetary systems go, the solar system might be pretty special. (2005-04-13)
Venus comes to life at wavelengths invisible to human eyes
A pale yellow-green dot to the human eye, Earth's twin planet comes to life in the ultraviolet and the infrared. (2008-12-03)
NASA's Chandra sees eclipsing planet in X-rays for first time
For the first time since exoplanets, or planets around stars other than the sun, were discovered almost 20 years ago, X-ray observations have detected an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star. (2013-07-29)
Cassiopeia's hidden gem: The closest rocky, transiting planet
A star in the constellation Cassiopeia has a planet in a three-day orbit that transits, or crosses in front of its star. (2015-08-03)
Alien world is blacker than coal
Imagine a giant world like Jupiter, but more alien than any planet in our solar system. (2011-08-11)
Dartmouth researchers part of the team to discover similar planetary system to our solar system
Two Dartmouth researchers are part of the team that has discovered a planetary system where the two largest planets are very similar to Jupiter and Saturn, in terms of mass and distance from their host star. (2008-02-14)
NASA's Kepler mission discovers 2 planets transiting same star
NASA's Kepler Mission has discovered the first confirmed planetary system with more than one planet transiting the same star. (2010-08-26)
Big star ate my planet
Astronomers from Baltimore, Maryland, have found telltale signs that giant stars are gobbling up planets--giving clues as to how many planets are out there. (1999-06-02)
Super-Earths have long-lasting oceans
For life as we know it to develop on other planets, those planets would need liquid water, or oceans. (2015-01-05)
Exoplanet formation surprise
A team of researchers has discovered evidence that an extrasolar planet may be forming quite far from its star--about twice the distance Pluto is from our Sun. (2013-06-13)
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