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ExoPlanet Gazing from the Ground
Topic: New Planets
Astronomers have imaged three distant exoplanets using only a modest-sized, ground-based telescope. The surprising feat could be repeated using larger telescopes, providing more information about exoplanets than previously thought possible with current technology.

Jupiter Planet in Mercury Orbit
Topic: New Planets
Astronomers have identified a gas giant exoplanet that orbits close to its host star. Its orbit allows scientists to examine the planet, dubbed Corot-9b, in great detail. The research team believes Corot-9b could be a 'Rosetta stone' in exoplanet research, providing key information about how planets form and evolve.

Fingerprinting Planets
Topic: New Planets
By studying a triple planetary system, astronomers have obtained the 'chemical fingerprint' of an extrasolar planet. This is the first time the spectrum of an exoplanet orbiting a normal, almost Sun-like star has been obtained directly. The data represents a new milestone in the search for habitable planets beyond our own solar system.

Earth-Like Exoplanet Started Out as a Gas Giant
Topic: New Planets
Research indicates that the most Earth-like exoplanet yet found could be the rocky remains of a Saturn-sized gas giant. The study increases our knowledge of how planets form and evolve and could help astronomers better estimate the potential number of Earth-like planets in the universe.

A Volcanic Wasteland
Topic: New Planets
This past October, scientists confirmed the discovery of the first rocky planet outside our solar system. Now, astronomers have gathered further information about the planet, CoRoT-7 b. The distant world might experience surface temperatures of more than 2,200 degrees Celsius, rendering the surface uninhabitable.

Kepler Discovers 5 New Planets
Topic: New Planets
NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered its first five exoplanets. The planets are all considered 'hot Jupiters' due to their sizes and extreme temperatures. The discoveries are proof of Kepler's capabilities, and astronomers hope that future findings will include smaller, Earth-like planets.

Astrobiology Top 10: Starlight, Star Bright
Topic: New Planets
AM is highlighting the top 10 stories of 2009. At number 3 is the launch of Kepler, a new NASA telescope that will aid in finding extrasolar planets. Scientists are already looking beyond Kepler for the next generation of telescopes that could show alien worlds in greater detail. (Originally was published on March 09, 2009).

Astrobiology Top 10: Double Discovery: Super-Earth and Ocean World
Topic: New Planets
Astrobiology Magazine is looking back over 2009, highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 6 is a double discovery of potentially habitable extrasolar planets orbiting the star Gliese 581. (This story originally was published on April 23, 2009).

Astrobiology Top 10: Astrometry Finally Finds a Planet
Topic: New Planets
Astrobiology Magazine is highlighting the top 10 astrobiology stories of the year. At number 9 is a story about astrometry, a technique to find extrasolar planets. After 50 years, astrometry spots its first planet - a milestone that could have implications for the proposed NASA mission SIM Lite. (This story originally was published on June 02, 2009).

Warm Waterworld
Topic: New Planets
Astronomers have discovered a 'super-Earth' orbiting a distant star using off-the-Shelf, amateur technology. The finding shows how low-cost technologies can aid in the search for habitable worlds. The planet, GJ1214b, has a radius only 2.7 times that of Earth and may contain water and a gaseous atmosphere.

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