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First Super-Earth Atmosphere Analyzed
Topic: New Planets
12/02/10
The atmosphere of a 'super-Earth' orbiting a distant star has been analyzed for the first time. The observations suggest that the atmosphere is mostly water in the form of steam, thick clouds or hazes. The data is a step forward in the search for habitable, extrasolar planets.

A Planet from Another Galaxy
Topic: New Planets
11/19/10
Astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting a star that entered our Milky Way from another galaxy. The planet is unusual because it orbits a star nearing the end of its life. Studying the planet will provide new information about the evolution of planetary systems.

Planets Orbiting a Binary System
Topic: New Planets
10/26/10
Astronomers have discovered a planetary system consisting of at least two Jupiter-like planets orbiting pair of binary stars. The findings provide new information about the formation and evolution of planetary systems and can help astrobiologists understand where in the Universe to search for habitable worlds.

A Sharper View of Other Solar Systems
Topic: New Planets
10/16/10
Astronomers have obtained images of a planet with a much closer orbit around its parent star than any other known extrasolar planet. The planet was discovered using new technology that will help astronomers observe distant solar systems by reducing the risk of disturbances that can vibrate telescopes during observations.

Doubt Cast on Existence of Habitable Alien World
Topic: New Planets
10/12/10
Last month, astronomers announced the discovery of the first potentially habitable extrasolar planet. But at an astronomy meeting this week, doubts were raised about whether this new planet really exists.

Backward Orbit in a Binary System
Topic: New Planets
10/03/10
A new study could broaden the search for planets in other solar systems by changing the way we think about orbiting bodies. The findings could increase the opportunities for the discovery of new planets.

First Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Found
Topic: New Planets
09/30/10
A team of scientists has announced the discovery of a planet with three times the mass of Earth orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it in the middle of the star´s "habitable zone." This is the first Earth-like planet found in another solar system that could have the conditions necessary for life as we know it

Potassium Planets
Topic: New Planets
09/03/10
Astronomers have discovered the element potassium in the atmosphere of a planet about 190 light years from Earth. Identifying elements necessary for life in the atmospheres of exoplanets could one day help astrobiologists identify habitable worlds beyond our solar system.

A Dusty, Cloudy ExoPlanet
Topic: New Planets
09/01/10
Astronomers have measured the temperature of a young gas-giant planet and found that its atmosphere is unlike that of any previously studied extrasolar planet. Such observations help astrobiologists understand the properties of extrasolar planets and will aid in the search for habitable worlds beyond our solar system.

Kepler's Transit Trio
Topic: New Planets
08/27/10
Astronomers have discovered two Saturn-sized planets and one likely Earth-sized planet transiting the star 'Kepler 9'. It is the first confirmed system with more than one planet transiting the same star. The researchers believe that system may be one of the best locations for studying how planets form and how planetary systems evolve.

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