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Planet Found in Four-Star System
Topic: New Planets
10/16/12
Summary: In a joint effort, citizen scientists and astronomers have discovered a planet orbiting twin suns that in turn is orbited by a second distant pair of stars.

Nearby SuperEarth Likely a Diamond Planet
Topic: New Planets
10/12/12
Summary: New research suggests that a rocky planet twice the size of Earth and orbiting a nearby star is a diamond planet. It may be the first glimpse of a rocky world with a fundamentally different chemistry than our own planet.

First Planets Discovered in a Cluster of Sun-Like Stars
Topic: New Planets
09/18/12
Summary: Astronomers have spotted planets orbiting sun-like stars in a crowded cluster of stars. The findings show that planets can form in dense stellar environments.

Hot but Habitable?
Topic: New Planets
09/04/12
Summary: A new Super-Earth planet has been found in the stellar habitable zone of the red dwarf star Gliese 163. The planet receives more light from its parent star than Earth from the Sun, but it still might be habitable for life as we know it.

Evaporating Planet Has a Comet Tail
Topic: New Planets
08/29/12
Summary: Astronomers have found clear evidence that the exoplanet known as KIC 12557548 is slowly falling apart. The planet has a massive dust tail, similar to a comet's tail, and is the only known exoplanet of its kind.

Multiple Planets around a Pair of Stars
Topic: New Planets
08/29/12
Summary: Astronomers have observed multiple planets orbiting two suns. The discovery shows that planets can form and persist in the stressful realm of a binary star. One gas giant planet in the system orbits the star pair within the system's potential 'habitable zone.'

A Planet's Destruction by its Star
Topic: New Planets
08/24/12
Summary: Astronomers have discovered evidence of a planet that has been destroyed by its aging star. The finding provides insight into the evolution of planetary systems, and the future of our own solar system.

Controversial Gliese 581g Added to Habitable Planet Catalog
Topic: New Planets
08/02/12
Summary: New data suggests that Gliese 581g is indeed an exoplanet, and is currently the best candidate for a potential habitable world.

A Far-Off Solar System Like Our Own
Topic: New Planets
07/29/12
Summary: Astronomers have detected the first exoplanetary system with regularly aligned orbits similar to those in our solar system.

An Exoplanet Smaller Than Earth
Topic: New Planets
07/20/12
Summary: Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is a planet two-thirds the size of Earth.

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