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Planet Found With Four Parent Stars

March 4, 2015 NASA JPL — Astronomers have discovered the second known case of a planet residing in a quadruple star system. — The planet was known before, but was thought to have only three stars, not four. — The findings help researchers understand how multiple star systems can influence the development and fate of planets. Growing up as a ... Read More »

What is Causing the Mysterious Martian Plumes?

ESA February 16, 2015 Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet. On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the planet. The plumes were seen rising to altitudes of over 250 km above the same region ... Read More »

New Weather Map of Exoplanet is Most Detailed Ever

ESA/Hubble October 9, 2014 A team of scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have made the most detailed map ever of the temperature of an exoplanet’s atmosphere, and traced the amount of water it contains. The planet targeted for both of the investigations was the hot-Jupiter exoplanet WASP-43b. WASP-43b is a planet the size of Jupiter but with double ... Read More »

Size of Alien Super-Earth Precisely Measured

NASA JPL July 23, 2014 Thanks to NASA’s Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes, scientists have made the most precise measurement ever of the radius of a planet outside our solar system. The size of the exoplanet, dubbed Kepler-93b, is now known to an uncertainty of just 74 miles (119 kilometers) on either side of the planetary body. The findings confirm ... Read More »

Near-Earth Asteroid 2014 HQ124 – Mapped by Radar

NASA JPL June 12, 2014 NASA scientists using Earth-based radar have produced sharp views of a recently discovered asteroid as it slid silently past our planet. Captured on June 8, 2014, the new views of the object designated “2014 HQ124” are some of the most detailed radar images of a near-Earth asteroid ever obtained. An animation of the rotating asteroid ... Read More »

New Exoplanet is Much Too Massive for Theories

NASA JPL June 02, 2014 Astronomers have discovered a rocky planet that weighs 17 times as much as Earth and is more than twice as large in size. This discovery has planet formation theorists challenged to explain how such a world could have formed. “We were very surprised when we realized what we had found,” said astronomer Xavier Dumusque of ... Read More »

Hubble Telescope Enters 25th Year of Service

NASA May 12, 2014 On April 24, 1990, the space shuttle Discovery lifted off from Earth with the Hubble Space Telescope nestled securely in its bay. The following day, Hubble was released into space, ready to peer into the vast unknown of space. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope recently marked its 24th year in space and to celebrate its 25th year, ... Read More »

Has a Second Earth Just Been Discovered?

NASA April 17, 2014 Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the “habitable zone” — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of ... Read More »

Possible Moon Found Around Alien World

NASA JPL April 10, 2014 Titan, Europa, Io and Phobos are just a few members of our solar system’s pantheon of moons. Are there are other moons out there, orbiting planets beyond our sun? NASA-funded researchers have spotted the first signs of an “exomoon,” and though they say it’s impossible to confirm its presence, the finding is a tantalizing first ... Read More »

Space Sunflower Could Help Photograph Exoplanets

NASA JPL March 20, 2014 A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The prototype deployable structure, called a starshade, is being developed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. The hunt is on for planets that resemble Earth in size, composition and temperature. ... Read More »

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