New Planets

  • Researchers have discovered a new super-Earth planet that orbits in the habitable zone of a nearby star. In all, the study revealed three new super-Earth planet candidates orbiting the star HD 40307.
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  • A new study using Hubble data is bringing new life to claims that the nearby star Fomalhaut hosts a massive planet.
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  • Astronomers have discovered a planet with about the same mass as the Earth. The planet orbits a star in our closest neighboring system - Alpha Centauri.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.'
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  • 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.
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