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Alien World Looms Large in its Neighbor's Sky
Topic: New Planets
06/22/12
Astronomers have discovered a new, two-planet system where the planets are closer to each other than any other system yet found. The discovery is providing new data about the diversity of worlds that exist around distant stars.

Small Telescope Spots A Pair of Odd Planets
Topic: New Planets
06/15/12
Using a lens no more powerful than a high-end digital camera, the KELT North telescope has revealed the existence of two very unusual extrasolar planets.

Searching for Exoplanets in the High Arctic
Topic: New Planets
06/08/12
The continuous winter darkness of the Canadian High Arctic could prove beneficial in the search for extrasolar planets. Research performed at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory, located at 80 degrees north, has confirmed that the site would be an excellent place to set up large telescopes.

Detecting Exoplanets with a Big Balloon
Topic: New Planets
06/03/12
Scientists are developing a small, segmented mirror that could revolutionize space-based telescopes. the technology could also be applied to a balloon-borne instrument that would search for extrasolar planets from just 135,000 feet above the Earth.

Newly Found Planet May Turn Into Dust
Topic: New Planets
05/21/12
Researchers have detected a possible planet that appears to be evaporating under the blistering heat of its parent star. The exoplanet is thought to be not much larger than Mercury.

JPL Wants To FINESSE Info From Exoplanets
Topic: New Planets
05/20/12
A new mission proposed as part of NASA's Explorers program could help gather data that would greatly aid in the search for habitable, extrasolar worlds. FINESSE would be the first mission dedicated to studying atmospheres on worlds around distant stars.

Unseen Planet Revealed by its Gravity
Topic: New Planets
05/11/12
By identifying small deviations in the motion of a transiting exoplanet, researchers have identified a unseen companion planet around the Sun-like star, KOI-872. It is the first time this technique has been successfully used in the search for worlds outside our solar system.

Seeing the Light of a SuperEarth
Topic: New Planets
05/10/12
For the first time, astronomers have detected light emanating from a 'super-Earth' orbiting a distant star. The planet is not habitable, but the detection is a step toward the eventual search for signs of life on exoplanets.

Lonely Jupiters
Topic: New Planets
05/09/12
New research shows that 'hot Jupiter-type' planets may be alone in the systems that support them. The study indicates that giant planets would wreak havoc on any other planets forming in the inner regions of a solar system.

ALMA Reveals Nearby Planetary System
Topic: New Planets
04/15/12
A new observatory, which is still under construction, has already provided a major breakthrough in understanding a nearby planetary system.

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