exoplanets

Weekly Space Hangout – April 18, 2014: Another Earth, Dragon Launch, LADEE Impact

by Fraser Cain April 18, 2014

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Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!

by Jason Major April 17, 2014

It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it’s much too soon to tell if this really is a “twin […]

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First Microlensing Detection of a Planet Circling a Brown Dwarf Candidate

by Shannon Hall March 18, 2014

When astronomers detect new exoplanets they typically do so using one of two techniques. First, there’s the famous transit technique, which looks for slight dips in light as a planet passes in front of its host star, and second is the radial velocity technique, which senses the motion of a star due to the gravitational […]

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New Technique Could Measure Exoplanet Atmospheric Pressure, an Indicator of Habitability

by Shannon Hall March 6, 2014

Measuring the atmospheric pressure of a distant exoplanet may seem like a daunting task but astronomers at the University of Washington have now developed a new technique to do just that. When exoplanet discoveries first started rolling in, astronomers laid emphasis in finding planets within the habitable zone — the band around a star where […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – February 28, 2014: Good NASA News and 715 Confirmed Planets!

by Fraser Cain February 28, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain Astrojournalists: Morgan Rehnberg, David Dickinson, Elizabeth Howell, Jason Major, Casey Dreier, Mike Simmons Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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