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Tags results for 'exoplanet'

Second Planetary System Like Ours Discovered

Posted in Science on 29th Nov, 2013 03:25 AM
by AlexMuller
A team of European astronomers has discovered a second planetary system, the closest parallel to our own solar system yet found.

Astronomers discover first exomoon

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Now, scientists believe they have found the first exomoon about 1,800 light years away from Earth.

Astronomers Figured Out How to Weigh Entire Planets Using Starlight

Posted in Science on 22nd Dec, 2013 05:27 AM
by AlexMuller
A method to weigh an exoplanet by measuring the starlight that shines through its atmosphere.

Life on other planets could be far more widespread

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth sized planets can support life at least ten times farther away from stars than previously thought, according to researchers

$600M planet hunting space telescope Kepler comes back online

Posted in Science on 9th Feb, 2014 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Space telescope Kepler is once again able to resume finding new planets outside our own solar system.

Kepler demonstrates that it can still detect planets

Posted in Hardware on 20th Feb, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
Last year, it looked as though the Kepler space probe had nothing to look forward to but the scrap heap.

Scientists Detect Water On Exoplanet, Opening New Chapter In Search For Alien Life

Posted in Science on 27th Feb, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets, including many that are similar to our own.

New Tool Could Help Spot Alien Life

Posted in Science on 11th Mar, 2014 12:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Earth’s atmosphere is heavy and keeps water from flying off into space. So astronomers looking for alien worlds that can harbor life have also been looking for heavy atmospheres.

'Most Earth-like planet yet' spotted by Kepler

Posted in Science on 19th Apr, 2014 01:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The rocky planet, Kepler 186f, is close to the size of Earth and has the potential to hold liquid water, which is critical for life, the team says.

'Godzilla of Earths' identified

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
There is a new class of planet out there that astronomers are calling the "mega-Earth".

Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2014 12:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant star that’s just far enough away to reasonably support life (aka the habitable zone).

Giant space telescope could detect hints ot life on exoplanets

Posted in Hardware on 2nd Jul, 2014 12:38 AM
by AlexMuller
The telescope would be capable of analyzing the light from planets the size of the Earth in orbit around other nearby stars.

Frozen World Opens up the Door for Earth-like Planets

Posted in Science on 4th Jul, 2014 09:41 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery is expected to help astronomers better understand how Earth-like, or even potentially habitable, planets can form and how to find them.

Earth-like planets Gliese 581 g and d likely don't exist, study says

Posted in Science on 6th Jul, 2014 04:16 AM
by AlexMuller
New method to account for star signals another blow to controversial planets.

Research shows oceans are vital for the possibility of alien life

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2014 11:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The number of planets being discovered outside our solar system is rapidly increasing.

A new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence: targeting alien polluters

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds.

NASA Research Gives Guideline for Future Alien Life Search

Posted in Science on 12th Sep, 2014 10:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Methane and oxygen molecules together are a reliable sign of biological activity because methane doesn't last long in an atmosphere containing oxygen-bearing molecules.

What does the next generation telescope need to detect life?

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Almost 2,000 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date. Yet, we still know little about these alien worlds, especially their atmospheres.

Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
This is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called “ice giant” planets, Uranus and Neptune.

Gaia space observatory could discover 70,000 new Jupiters

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014 01:31 AM
by AlexMuller
After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System.

Success with the ground-based detection of super-earth exoplanets

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a nearby star using a ground-based telescope for the first time.

Your Run-of-the-Mill Digital Camera Can Now Detect Alien Planets

Posted in Hardware on 8th Dec, 2014 08:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Modern tech, it would seem, is taking homebrew astronomy to new heights.

Some exoplanets may get squished by gravity from stars

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2014 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have caught glimpses of planets that may be less dense than Styrofoam, some with two suns, and others believed to be made of diamond.

'Alien Earth' is among eight new far-off planets

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2015 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
One of eight new planets spied in distant solar systems has usurped the title of 'most Earth-like alien world', astronomers have said.

Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000

Posted in Science on 11th Jan, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA's Kepler space telescope's count of exoplanets has passed the magic 1,000 mark, including eight new "habitable" planets and 544 candidate planets.

Billions of Exoplanets Are Looking More Habitable

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 02:05 AM
by PlanetTech
A new astrophysics study just raised the chances for finding life on exoplanets across the universe.

Twinkle mission to take a closer look at exoplanet atmospheres

Posted in Science on 13th Feb, 2015 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The Twinkle satellite will look at the atmospheres of exoplanets to seek more definite signs of life.

Data can be analysed to determine the composition of clouds on exoplanets

Posted in Science on 4th Mar, 2015 06:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Data from Kepler space observatory can be used to determine the types of clouds on planets that orbit other stars, known as exoplanets.

It is probable that exoplanets are in the habitable zone around most stars

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Billions of the stars in the Milky Way will have one to three planets in the habitable zone, where life could exist.

The search for more Earth-like planets ramps up

Posted in Science on 27th Apr, 2015 07:51 PM
by AlexMuller
A new collaboration aims to bring separate telescopes together into a family, united by the single goal of seeking habitable worlds.

How Planet Hunters are Going to Find the Next Earth With Space Telescopes

Posted in Science on 18th May, 2015 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Twenty years ago, discovering another Earth sounded like a science fictional dream. But astronomers now believe we might do just that.

'Earth 2.0' found in NASAs latest Kepler telescope haul

Posted in Science on 23rd Jul, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Kepler-452b orbits at a similar distance from its star, though its radius is 60% larger. Mission scientists said they believed it was the most Earth-like planet yet.

NASA confirms the discovery of a rocky exoplanet just 21 light years away

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Planets like this, known as super-Earths, are ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.

Earth observations show how nitrogen may be detected on exoplanets, aiding search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring nitrogen in the atmosphere of an exoplanet can be crucial to determining if it might be habitable.

Earth-like planets around small stars likely have protective magnetic fields, aiding chance for life

Posted in Science on 29th Sep, 2015 09:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Earth-like planets orbiting close to small stars probably have magnetic fields.

Aliens or not, there's much to discover in the new Kepler data

Posted in Science on 19th Oct, 2015 10:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The internet has worked itself into a frenzy over the possibility that we’ve found an alien mega-structure.

Space telescopes launching in 2017 and 2018 will mean a lot more exoplanet discoveries

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 04:43 AM
by AlexMuller
New space telescopes will be put up over the next few years to search for more planets outside our solar system and analyze their atmospheres.

Advance in astronomy 'can help find other worlds'

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
"Our technique can tell you how big and bright is the star, and if a planet around it is the right size and temperature to have water oceans, and maybe life"

Astronomers Want to Build A Forty Foot Space Telescope to Find the Next Earth

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jan, 2016 11:27 AM
by AlexMuller
To achieve this, we’ll need a spacecraft more advanced than anything humans have built, a telescope with 10x the seeing power of Hubble.

Astronomers identify trick to root out false-positives in the search for life

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2016 12:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Scenarios in which the detection of oxygen in the atmosphere of exoplanets would not represent the presence of extraterrestrial life.

NASA is building a new exoplanet-hunting tool

Posted in Hardware on 30th Mar, 2016 11:54 AM
by AlexMuller
The $10 million instrument is expected to start looking for exoplanets in 2019.

Astronomers find planets stripped bare by their host stars' radiation

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2016 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of planets that have had their atmospheres stripped away by their host stars.

Astronomers Found Evidence for Exoplanets 100 Years Ago But Didn’t Know It

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:34 PM
by AlexMuller
A 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory’s collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star.

3 newly discovered exoplanets prime candidates in search for life elsewhere

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The worlds are potentially habitable given their sizes and temperatures, and may be the best candidates yet in the search for life.

Kepler telescope discovers 100 Earth-sized planets

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2016 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
It has also detected nine small planets within so-called habitable zones, where conditions are favourable for liquid water, and potentially life.

Red dwarf exoplanets not as habitable as once believed

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2016 01:13 PM
by AlexMuller
Computer models suggest that these planets are likely rendered uninhabitable by their super-dense atmospheres.

Planet 9 could have once been an exoplanet, stolen by our sun

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2016 03:33 PM
by AlexMuller
'Astronomers often find exoplanets hundreds of light years away in other solar systems, but there is probably one hiding in our own backyard'

Earth-like planets around proxima centauri discovered- could support life?

Posted in Science on 15th Aug, 2016 06:53 PM
by AlexMuller
4000+ exoplanet candidates have been discovered by the Kepler mission. Proxima is the nearest star to the sun.

Proposed space telescope for quality viewing of earth sized exoplanets out to 45 light years

Posted in Hardware on 16th Aug, 2016 05:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The High Definition Space Telescope would be five times as big and 100 times as sensitive as Hubble.

A new Goldilocks for habitable planets

Posted in Science on 20th Aug, 2016 11:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Simply being in the habitable zone may not be sufficient to support life. A planet also must start with an internal temperature that is just right.

A Nearby Exoplanet Might Have Oxygen-Rich Atmosphere

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2016 08:23 PM
by AlexMuller
GJ 1132b, an extrasolar planet about 1.2 times the size and 1.6 times the mass of the Earth, intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year.

WFIRST space telescope will use Gravitational microlensing to survey exoplanets

Posted in Science on 9th Oct, 2016 03:22 AM
by AlexMuller
This will lead to a statistical census of exoplanets with masses greater than a tenth of the Earth's mass.

The Daring Plan to Find the Next Earth Within a Decade

Posted in Science on 15th Oct, 2016 12:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Project Blue, an ambitious effort to discover Earth-like worlds around Alpha Centauri A or B, by building a small, space-based telescope capable of photographing them.

Exoplanet space telescope will launch in December 2017

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2016 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is a planned space telescope for NASA's Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method.

Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet GJ 1132b

Posted in Science on 7th Apr, 2017 11:43 AM
by Alex Muller
Scientists say they have detected an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet for the first time.

By 2020 hundreds of earth sized exoplanets should be discovered and many will have basic atmosphere elements detected

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2017 03:47 PM
by Alex Muller
Currently there are 3486 confirmed exoplanets.

Signal may be from first 'exomoon'

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2017 04:10 PM
by Alex Muller
A team of astronomers has potentially discovered the first known moon beyond the Solar System.

Nearby planet is a target in search for life

Posted in Science on 15th Nov, 2017 02:22 PM
by Alex Muller
Astronomers have found a cool, Earth-sized planet that's relatively close to our Solar System.

Citizen science bags five-planet haul

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2018 08:55 AM
by Alex Muller
A discovery by citizen scientists has led to the confirmation of a system of five planets orbiting a far-off star.

Kepler scientists discover almost 100 new exoplanets

Posted in Science on 18th Feb, 2018 06:35 AM
by Alex Muller
This brings the total number of new exoplanets found with the K2 mission up to almost 300.

NASA, SpaceX to launch spacecraft to find another Earth

Posted in Science on 15th Apr, 2018 03:22 AM
by Alex Muller
TESS is scheduled to launch Monday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Delay for Nasa's TESS planet-hunting space telescope

Posted in Hardware on 17th Apr, 2018 01:20 AM
by Alex Muller
The launch of Nasa's Tess planet-hunter has been postponed and it will not now lift off until Wednesday at the earliest.

The End Is Nigh for NASA's Planet-Hunting Kepler Space Telescope

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2018 02:42 PM
by Alex Muller
Kepler space telescope, which has discovered 70 percent of the 3,750 exoplanets known to date, is running so low on fuel it has been put it into a hibernation-like state.

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