New Planets

  • 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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  • Astronomers have discovered a new planetary system that is home to the smallest planet yet found around a star similar to our Sun. The planet, Kepler-37b, is smaller than Mercury and only slightly larger than the Moon.
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  • Astronomers have reanalyzed data from Kepler and determined that many red dwarf stars are smaller and cooler than previously thought. They have also identified 95 planetary candidates orbiting these stars, with three that could be warm and Earth-sized. They estimate that six percent of all
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  • 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.
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  • New observations of the dusty disk and mysterious planet circling the star Fomalhaut may provide evidence for a shocking planetary disruption in the system.
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  • Astronomers have created the most detailed 'weather map' yet for a brown dwarf. The research could help scientists understand the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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."
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  • 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.
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