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TESS adds new types of planets to its collection

Astronomers report that NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has detected its first Earth-sized planet lying in its parent star’s habitable zone, plus its first planet orbiting two stars. Get the full story on GeekWire.

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Real-life planet quest goes far beyond Star Wars

Over the past 42 years, filmgoers have seen exotic worlds come to life in a succession of Star Wars movies — a series that is now coming to a climax with “Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker.” But are those … Continue reading

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Scientists puzzle over ‘super-puff’ planets

Readings from the Hubble Space Telescope have shed light on a bizarre class of alien planets that have the density of cotton candy. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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Scientists fine-tune standards for habitable planets

Astronomers have identified thousands of stars that have planets, and that number could mushroom even faster when waves of next-generation telescopes come online. But where are the best places to look for life? A newly released study focuses on the most plentiful … Continue reading

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TESS helps scientists find a super-cool super-Earth

Astronomers are sharing a flood of findings from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, including the detection of a potentially habitable super-Earth far beyond our solar system. The planet is said to circle an M-type dwarf star called GJ … Continue reading

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A new search for more planets at Alpha Centauri

The European Southern Observatory and the billionaire-backed Breakthrough Watch program say they have achieved first light with a new observing instrument designed to spot super-Earths in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to our own. The NEAR instrument, which takes … Continue reading

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Could Barnard’s Star harbor an icy home for life?

Where’s the nearest exoplanet with conditions that are right for life? Over the past couple of years, astrobiologists have talked up Proxima Centauri b, which is sitting just 4.2 light-years away. But Villanova University astrophysicist Edward Guinan favors a world that’s … Continue reading

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