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The Origin and Maintenance of a Retrograde Planet
Topic: New Planets
01/25/13
Summary: Astronomers have revealed new details about the HAT-P-7 planetary system. The study includes the discovery of a companion star and the confirmation of a new giant planet that orbits outside of the retrograde planet HAT-P-7b.

A Rogue Planetary Orbit for Fomalhaut B
Topic: New Planets
01/13/13
Summary: New observations of the dusty disk and mysterious planet circling the star Fomalhaut may provide evidence for a shocking planetary disruption in the system.

Weather Patterns in a Brown Dwarf
Topic: New Planets
01/12/13
Summary: Astronomers have created the most detailed 'weather map' yet for a brown dwarf. The research could help scientists understand the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.

Traffic Jam of Moons in Habitable Zone
Topic: New Planets
01/12/13
Summary: Volunteers from the Planethunters.org website have discovered 15 new planet candidates orbiting in the habitable zones of other stars. The finding adds to the number of strange worlds in regions around stars that could potentially support life as we know it.

Earth-Sized Planets Common in the Galaxy
Topic: New Planets
01/11/13
Summary: An analysis of the first three years of Kepler data shows that 17 percent of all Sun-like stars have Earth-sized planets orbiting close to their host stars. The study is good news for those searching for habitable worlds beyond our solar system.

Kepler Mission Announces 461 New Planet Candidates
Topic: New Planets
01/08/13
Summary: NASA's Kepler mission has announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's "habitable zone."

100 Billion Planets May Populate the Galaxy
Topic: New Planets
01/04/13
Summary: New research provides more evidence that planetary systems are the norm. In fact, the study's authors claim that there are at least 100 billion planets in our galaxy alone.

Astrobiology Top 10: A Super-Earth in the Habitable Zone of a Six-Planet System
Topic: New Planets
01/01/13
Summary: As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 2, researchers announced the discovery of a new super-Earth planet in the habitable zone of a nearby star dubbed HD 40307. (Orignally published on 11/07/12)

Astrobiology Top 10: Kepler Catalog Adds More Planet Candidates
Topic: New Planets
12/28/12
Summary: As 2012 draws to a close, Astrobiology Magazine highlights the year's top stories. At number 6, the Kepler team released a new catalog containing 1,091 candidate planets, including some that could be smaller than twice the size of Earth. (Originally published on 03/10/12)

Spiral Disk Structure May Reveal Planets
Topic: New Planets
12/22/12
Summary: Astronomers have captured clear, detailed images of a disk around a young star. Within the disk is a spiral structure with two clearly discernible arms, and the team believes this shape may be caused by planets.

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