exoplanets

Can Radio Waves Lead to Exomoons?

by Shannon Hall August 12, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter I firmly believe that our next greatest discovery will be detecting an exomoon in orbit around a distant exoplanet. Although no one has been able to confirm an exomoon — yet — the hunt is on. Now, a research team thinks […]

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Help a Universe Today Writer Share Stories About Our Search For Earth-like Planets

by Shannon Hall August 11, 2014

Since 1995, astronomers have detected thousands of worlds orbiting nearby stars, sparking a race to find the one that most resembles Earth. The discovery of habitable exoplanets and even extraterrestrial life is often referred to as the Holy Grail of science. So with the gold rush of exoplanet discoveries these days, it’s pretty tempting in […]

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First Exoplanet Discovered Beyond the “Snow Line”

by Shannon Hall July 22, 2014

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 though hot Jupiters are far more common than their smaller and more distant counterparts. […]

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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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