New Planets

    • The Lost World?
      Twists in the Sun's magnetic field create sunspots, and other stars also exhibit these dark, cooler spots on their surfaces. A new study suggests that starspots on the star HD 192263 may be masquerading as an extrasolar planet.
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      From the Hubble Telescope to the even cooler Webb, a new generation of hot views promise insight into some of the most distant galactic incubators. The chances to image a distant planet may benefit from the enhanced infrared tools available to the next generation of
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    • Tuning In to Other Worlds
      Some scientists think it may be possible to detect planets beyond our solar system by looking for radio signals generated by same forces that lead to 'Northern Lights'. A team of scientists working on a radio telescope called the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR)
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    • Gravity’s Telescope
      Using a technique known as "gravitational microlensing", astronomers hope to find planets in Earth-like orbits around stars halfway across the galaxy.
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    • Fermi´s Paradox: Where Are They?
      If there is intelligent life out there, why haven't we found it yet?
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    • Exoplanets
      For a long time, there was a theoretical expectation that other stars have planets, that planets are common. But there was no observational evidence, because it's extremely difficult to see planets of other stars.
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    • New Planetary System Has Hometown Look
      After 15 years of observation and a lot of patience, the world's premier planet-hunting team has found a planetary system that reminds them of our home solar system.
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    • Planetary Embryos Hatch in the Southern Constellation Centaurus
      Distant planetisimals may have similar sun-distances and temperatures to Earth.
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    • The Search for Distant Earths
      Imagine trying to see an ant crawling across the headlight of a car miles away. That is the magnitude of the task facing astronomers as they search for small, rocky Earth-like planets around other stars - planets that might harbor life
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    • Earth from Afar: A Tiny Flickering Dot
      With over 70 planets identified around distant stars, astronomers are now looking for ways to classify which ones are most like Earth -- that is to say, the ones most likely with biological potential.
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    • Extrasolar Planets with Earth-like Orbits
      Scientists are discovering extrasolar planets with Earth-like orbits. Could it be possible for Earth-like orbiting planets to harbor life just like Earth?
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    • Study Doubles Number of Potential Earth-Like Planets
      The standard model for the formation of rocky planets like Earth appears to be on solid ground even when applied to systems in which two stars orbit each other, according to a new study.
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    • Finding Distant Worlds
      We know that there are at least 75 planets outside our own solar system, orbiting their distant stars. Although we have never seen any of these planets with our own eyes, several different techniques exist to detect these extrasolar planets.
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    • Atmosphere of an Extrasolar Planet Detected for the First Time
      Astronomers have made the first direct detection and chemical analysis of an atmosphere of a planet that exists outside our solar system.
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    • The Heat is On: Asteroid Belt Found around Nearby Star
      When unusually warm dust was first discovered around a nearby star, called zeta Leporis, infrared astronomers began hunting in detail for the heat source.
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