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Keeping an Eye on the Super Earth Next Door
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have witnessed a super-Earth, which was first discovered in 2004, eclipsing its star. Because the star is only 40 light years away, this is the closest Earth-like planet we know of, although the planet is too hot to support life as we know it.

An Alien World Blacker than Coal
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have discovered the darkest known exoplanet. The Jupiter-sized gas giant is blacker than coal, reflecting less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it.

Microlensing Finds a Rocky Planet
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Using a technique called gravitational microlensing, astronomers have detected a rocky planet that orbits its host star at a distance further out than most other extrasolar planets detected thus far. The discovery highlights how the microlensing technique could help in the hunt for Earth-like planets.

COROT Finds Exoplanet Diversity
Topic: New Planets
Summary: The CoRoT satellite has discovered ten new exoplanets that exhibit a wide variety of masses, densities and orbital parameters. The findings highlight the broad diversity of exoplanets, providing information that is useful in the search for habitable worlds around distant stars.

Twin Planets Orbit Star Pair
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have found evidence for a planetary system where two giant planets orbit a close pair of suns.

Second Earth-Sized Planet in the Kepler-10 System
Topic: New Planets
Summary: The Kepler Telescope team has confirmed a second planet orbiting the star Kepler-10. The existence of this planet was suspected previously, but new analytical techniques were needed to confirm its existence.

Kepler's Haul of Multiple-Planet Systems
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Within just four months of data from NASA's Kepler mission, astronomers have found evidence for more than 1,200 planetary candidates. Of those, 408 reside in systems with two or more planets.

Flipping Hot Jupiters
Topic: New Planets
Summary: A rare number of Hot Jupiter planets orbit their stars in a direction opposite to the star's rotation. This violates basic ideas of planet and star formation. Now, new research may explain how these planets flipped their orbits.

An Earth as Dense as Lead
Topic: New Planets
Summary: New observations of '55 Cancri e' indicate that the planet is 60 percent larger in diameter than Earth, but eight times more massive. The data also indicates that 55 Cancri e orbits so close to its star that it is baked to a temperature of 4,900 degrees F.

Tuning in to ExoPlanet Radio
Topic: New Planets
Summary: A new study shows that emissions from the radio aurora of Jupiter-like planets should be detectable with radio telescopes. The finding means that detecting exoplanets that orbit at large distances from their star could now be easier to find.

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