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

by Fraser Cain February 28, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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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Mega Discovery! 715 Alien Planets Confirmed Using A New Trick On Old Kepler Data

by Elizabeth Howell February 26, 2014

Planet-watchers, some exciting news: you know how we keep talking about planet candidates, those planets that have yet to be confirmed, when we reveal stories about other worlds? That’s because verifying that the slight dimming of a star’s light is due to a planet takes time – -specifically, to have other telescopes verify it through […]

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New Technique Finds Water in Exoplanet Atmospheres

by Jason Major February 25, 2014

As more and more exoplanets are identified and confirmed by various observational methods, the still-elusive “holy grail” is the discovery of a truly Earthlike world… one of the hallmarks of which is the presence of liquid water. And while it’s true that water has been identified in the thick atmospheres of “hot Jupiter” exoplanets before, […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – February 21, 2014: Two-Man Show!

by Fraser Cain February 20, 2014

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Astrojournalist: Morgan Rehnberg (cosmicchatter.org / @cosmic_chatter) This Week’s Stories: Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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The Most Common Exoplanets Might be “Mini-Neptunes”

by Nancy Atkinson January 7, 2014

If the dataset from the Kepler mission is any indication, the most common type of exoplanets in our galaxy aren’t Earth-sized rocky worlds or hot Jupiters. In fact, the most common type of exoplanet isn’t one that we see in our own neighborhood at all. “Perhaps the most remarkable discovery by Kepler is the amount […]

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