First Exoplanet Discovered Beyond the “Snow Line”

by Shannon Hall July 22, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Data from NASA’s crippled Kepler space telescope has unleashed a windfall of hot Jupiters — sizzling gas giants that circle their host star within days — and only a handful of Earth-like planets. A quick analysis might make it seem as […]

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Distant Stellar Atmospheres Shed Light on How Jupiter-like Planets Form

by Shannon Hall July 18, 2014

It’s likely that Jupiter-like planets’ origins root back to either the rapid collapse of a dense cloud or small rocky cores that glom together until the body is massive enough to accrete a gaseous envelope. Although these two competing theories are both viable, astronomers have, for the first time, seen the latter “core accretion” theory […]

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Is Our Solar System Weird?

by Brian Koberlein July 17, 2014

Is our Solar System normal? Or is it weird? How does the Solar System fit within the strange star systems we’ve discovered in the Milky Way so far? Remove this ad Brian Koberlein on Google+

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NameExoWorlds, an IAU Worldwide Contest to Name Alien Planets, Continues Controversy

by Shannon Hall July 9, 2014

The International Astronomical Union has unveiled a worldwide contest, NameExoWorlds, which gives the public a role in naming planets and their host stars beyond the solar system. It’s the latest chapter in a years-long controversy over how celestial objects, including exoplanets, are classified and named. Remove this ad Shannon Hall on Google+

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Join the Live Discussion: The Hunt for Other Worlds Heats Up

by Nancy Atkinson July 8, 2014

As readers of Universe Today know, exoplanets are one of the hottest topics in astronomy today. In just the past six months, astronomers have announced the discovery of more than 700 planets orbiting other stars, bringing the total to more than 1700. These discoveries include the first Earth-size planet found in what’s called the habitable […]

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