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Scattered Light Could Reveal Alien Atmospheres
Topic: New Planets
Summary: The light scattered off distant worlds could help reveal details about their atmospheres.

Defining the Structure of Exoplanets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Scientists have developed new formulas for determining the materials that compose extrasolar planets.

Elements of ExoPlanets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: By looking at the wavelengths of light from nearby stars, researchers have determined the abundance of certain elements for more than a hundred stars. Trace elements in such stars may influence their habitable zones, where planets with life might dwell.

Super-Earth Detected in Star's Habitable Zone
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable super-Earth orbiting a nearby star.

How Well Can Astronomers Study Exoplanet Atmospheres?
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Exoplanets are now being discovered at pace, and some have been described as "Earth-Like." These claims are often based on the distance between the exoplanet and its host star. Unfortunately, this distance isn't all that makes a planet habitable.

Kepler Confirms 26 ExoPlanets in 11 Solar Systems
Topic: New Planets
Summary: NASA's Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets. The discoveries nearly double the number of verified planets and provide new data in the search for habitable, extrasolar worlds.

Kepler Finds that Two-Star Planetary Systems are Common
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers announced the discovery of two new transiting "circumbinary" planet systems -- planets that orbit two stars. The study provides new information about the diversity of worlds that exist in the Universe.

Kepler Mission Finds Three Smallest ExoPlanets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: With data from Kepler, astronomers have discovered the three smallest known planets orbiting a distant star. All three planets are thought to be rocky like Earth, and the smallest is roughly the size of Mars.

Plentiful Planet Population
Topic: New Planets
Summary: New research indicates that planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception in our galaxy. If planets are common in the Milky Way, it could increase the likelihood that habitable worlds exist somewhere beyond our own solar system.

Searching for Tatooine in the Kepler 16 System
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astrophysicists have suggested where an Earth-type planet could exist in the two-star, Kepler-16 System.

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