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Kepler Mission Verifies 1,284 New Exoplanets

NASA May 10, 2016 NASA’s Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets – the single largest finding of planets to date. “This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually ... Read More »

Newly Discovered Planet is Like Jupiter in Its Infancy

NASA August 14, 2015 One of the best ways to learn how our solar system evolved is to look at younger star systems in the early stages of development. Recently, a team of astronomers including NASA scientists discovered a Jupiter-like planet within a young system that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around our sun. ... Read More »

Finding Other Earth-like Planets

NASA JPL July 23, 2015 image: The discovery of a super-Earth-sized planet orbiting a sun-like star brings us closer than ever to finding a twin of our own watery world. But NASA’s Kepler space telescope has captured evidence of other potentially habitable planets amid the sea of stars in the Milky Way galaxy. image: To take a brief tour of ... Read More »

Water is Everywhere in the Cosmos

NASA April 7, 2015 As NASA missions explore our solar system and search for new worlds, they are finding water in surprising places. Water is but one piece of our search for habitable planets and life beyond Earth, yet it links many seemingly unrelated worlds in surprising ways. “NASA science activities have provided a wave of amazing findings related to ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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