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Patchy Clouds on an Exotic World
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Previously astronomers have developed temperature maps of extrasolar planets. Now they have created the first cloud map of a giant planet orbiting a distant star.

A SuperEarth With a Water-Rich Atmosphere
Topic: New Planets
Summary: New observations of planetary transits of the super-Earth Gliese 1214b indicate that the planet is likely to have a water-rich atmosphere.

One Option for Kepler: Keep Searching for Earth-Sized Exoplanets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Even though two of its four reaction wheels are not operating, Kepler may still be able to hunt for exoplanets around smaller stars.

Earth-Sized Planet Orbits Its Star in 8.5 Hours
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized exoplanet that whips around its host star in just 8.5 hours. Kepler 78b has one of the shortest orbital periods yet known. The study is also the first time that light has been detected from such a small planet in orbit around a distant star.

SEEDS Sees a Second Jupiter
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have captured an image of the least massive planet ever imaged so far. The study is a step forward in imaging much smaller and fainter Earth-like planets.

Eclipsing Planet Seen in X-Rays
Topic: New Planets
Summary: X-ray observations have been used to observe a transiting exoplanet for the first time. The discovery is important because using X-rays to spot a planet can reveal additional information about the planet's properties.

Hubble Spots Blue Planet
Topic: New Planets
Summary: For the first time, astronomers have determined the true color of a planet orbiting another star. Up close, the planet would be a deep cobalt blue reminiscent of Earth. However, instead of oceans, the gas giant's atmosphere is responsible for its striking color.

O Hubble Avista Planeta Azul
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Pela primeira vez, astrônomos determinaram a cor de um planeta orbitando outra estrela. De perto, o planeta seria de um azul cobalto profundo similar à Terra. No entanto, ao invés de oceanos, a atmosfera do gigante gasoso é responsável por sua cor impactante.

The Hidden Identity of a Super-Earth Exoplanet
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have determined the true size and mass of a super-Earth planet orbiting a nearby star.

First Transiting Planets in a Star Cluster Discovered
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have discovered two planets orbiting Sun-like stars in crowded cluster of stars. Previously, dense star clusters were thought to be an unlikely place for planets to form and survive.

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