Tag Archives: Exoplanets

Climate analysis checks for most livable exoplanets

If you had to pick a place to set up shop amid the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 star system, 39 light-years from Earth, the fourth rock from that alien sun is the best place to start. That Earth-sized world, … Continue reading

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Scientists report super-Earth at Barnard’s Star

The astronomical team that found the nearest exoplanet at Proxima Centauri has done it again with the reported detection of a super-Earth orbiting Barnard’s Star, the second-closest star system to our own. The discoverers acknowledge, however, that they’re not completely … Continue reading

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Planet-hunting Kepler telescope runs out of gas

NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope now belongs to the ages, with its fuel completely spent and its instruments shut down — but the planet quest continues, thanks to a treasure trove of downloaded data as well as a new generation of robotic … Continue reading

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Hubble boosts evidence for first exomoon

With a lot of help from the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers now feel confident enough to publish their evidence for the first moon detected in orbit around a planet beyond our solar system. But they’re still not completely confident. “At … Continue reading

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TESS probe finds its first potential planets

Astronomers on the team for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission, or TESS, are reporting their first potential planet discoveries, just days after the spacecraft’s first science image was unveiled. The first reported candidate planet was detected orbiting a star known as Pi … Continue reading

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Scientists spot planet orbiting Spock’s home star

Has the planet Vulcan been found? Vulcan’s most famous fictional inhabitant, Mr. Spock of “Star Trek” fame, would certainly raise an eyebrow if he heard that astronomers have detected a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting the star that’s associated with him. … Continue reading

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NASA unveils first science images from TESS probe

The first science images from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite focus on a strip of southern sky that includes the two nearest dwarf galaxies and plenty of potential targets in the probe’s planet search. “In a sea of stars brimming with … Continue reading

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