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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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Historical study revisits debate over Pluto

Twelve years after the International Astronomical Union voted in a definition of planethood that reclassified Pluto, the debate goes on. A newly published study uses the historical record to take aim at the definition’s most controversial clause: the idea that … Continue reading

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Planet-hunting space telescope wins vote of support

NASA should add a large, technologically advanced space telescope to its lineup to capture direct images of Earthlike planets beyond our solar system, astronomers say in a congressionally mandated report issued today. The report, published under the aegis of the National Academies … Continue reading

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Discoveries boost Jupiter’s retinue to 79 moons

Astronomers searching for signs of a hypothetical “Planet Nine” have instead come up with 12 new moons of Jupiter, including one that hints at a cosmic crack-up. The discoveries were made more than a year ago, and the orbits of … Continue reading

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Scientists say Pluto was made from a billion comets

Did Pluto form like its closer-in brethren in the solar system, or is it the result of an agglomeration of comets from the edge of the solar system? A study published in the journal Icarus makes the case for comets. To reach … Continue reading

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