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The Great Exoplanet Debate, part 8: The Exoplanets That Cried Wolf
Topic: New Planets
Summary: At a recent NASA conference, exoplanet scientists held a lively discussion about issues facing the search for and understanding of planets orbiting far-distant stars. In part eight of this series, the panelists debate whether the many press releases about the possible habitability of new-found planets risk "crying wolf".

Eyeball Earths
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Some alien worlds orbiting red dwarf stars might resemble giant eyeballs. Researchers are now proposing experiments to simulate these distant planets and see how capable they are of supporting life.

Are the Newly Discovered Planets Ideal SETI Targets?
Topic: New Planets
Summary: NASA's Kepler mission discovered a planetary system with five small planets around a star slightly smaller than the Sun. Now scientists are wondering if life exists on any of these worlds, and whether or not it could have developed complex technology.

Five Planet System with Most Earth-Like Exoplanet Yet
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have identified a small, probably rocky planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star. The planet orbits in its host star's habitable zone and circles the star in 267.3 (Earth) days.

The IAU Weighs in on Naming Planets
Topic: New Planets
Summary: In the light of recent events, where the possibility of buying the rights to name exoplanets has been advertised, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) wishes to inform the public that such schemes have no bearing on the official naming process.

Astrônomos Antecipam 100 Bilhões de Planetas Semelhantes à Terra
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Pesquisadores propuseram um novo método para encontrar planetas semelhantes à Terra. Eles também estimam que o método possa identificar até 100 bilhões de mundos extrassolares.

Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zones More Common Than Previously Thought
Topic: New Planets
Summary: A new study shows that the number of potentially habitable planets in the Universe is greater than previously thought. The study focuses on Earth-sized planets in the habitable zones of low-mass stars.

Astronomers Observe Planets Orbiting Another Star Like Never Before
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Thanks to a new high-tech gadget, astronomers have observed four planets orbiting a star relatively close to the sun in unprecedented detail, revealing the roughly ten-Jupiter-mass planets to be among the most exotic ones known.

The 'Habitable Edge' of Exomoons
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Exomoons -- moons of alien planets -- have many hurdles to habitability, such as eclipses and tidal heating, that are different from the planets they orbit.

The Birth of a Gas Giant Planet?
Topic: New Planets
Summary: Astronomers have obtained what is likely the first direct observation of a forming planet still embedded in a thick disc of gas and dust.

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