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Possible Exomoon Found
Topic: New Planets
04/19/14
Researchers have spotted the first signs of a potential 'exomoon.' It's presence cannot be confirmed because it was observed during a chance encounter of objects that will not occur again - but it is a step toward locating other moons around distant stars.

First Earth-Size Planet In The 'Habitable Zone' of Another Star
Topic: New Planets
04/18/14
Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet.

First Robotic Telescope for Planet Hunters
Topic: New Planets
04/01/14
In its first months of operation, the Automated Planet Finder has found two new planetary systems, giving astronomers a taste of planetary riches to come.

A World in the Making
Topic: New Planets
03/19/14
In another step forward in the search for habitable planets, a team of researchers announced that they have located a large swarm of comets and gas moving in a cloud around a nearby star.

NASA's WISE Survey Finds Thousands of New Stars, But No 'Planet X'
Topic: New Planets
03/15/14
After searching hundreds of millions of objects across our sky, NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has turned up no evidence of the hypothesized celestial body in our solar system commonly dubbed "Planet X."

Super-Habitable World May Exist Near Earth
Topic: New Planets
03/14/14
Researchers say alien worlds may be even more habitable than Earth-like planets, what they say might be called "superhabitable" worlds.

Every Red Dwarf Star Has at Least One Planet
Topic: New Planets
03/04/14
Red Dwarfs make up about three quarters of all stars in the Universe. A new study indicates that virtually all of them might have orbiting planets.

Water is Detected in a Planet Outside Our Solar System
Topic: New Planets
03/02/14
Astronomers have used a new technique to identify water in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet. The planet is a 'hot Jupiter' that orbits a nearby star named Tau Bo├Âtis.

NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds
Topic: New Planets
02/26/14
NASA's Kepler mission has announced the discovery of 715 new planets, bringing the count of confirmed exoplanets to nearly 1,700.

Stellar Inventory: Searching For Other Earths
Topic: New Planets
02/24/14
The European Space Agency has given the official go-ahead for the planet-hunting and asteroseismology space mission PLATO.

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