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Planets Plentiful Around Abundant Red Dwarf Stars, Study Says

by Elizabeth Howell March 4, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Good news for planet-hunters: planets around red dwarf stars are more abundant than previously believed, according to new research. A new study — which detected eight new planets around these stars — says that “virtually” all red dwarfs have planets around […]

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‘Wobbly’ Alien Planet Has Weird Seasons And Orbits Two Stars

by Elizabeth Howell February 4, 2014

We’re lucky to live on a planet where it’s predictably warmer in the summer and colder in the winter in many regions, at least within a certain range. On Kepler-413b, it’s a world where you’d have to check the forecast more frequently, because its axis swings by a wild 30 degrees every 11 years. On […]

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Is That Planet Habitable? Look To The Star First, New Study Cautions

by Elizabeth Howell October 7, 2013

Finding Earth 2.0, in the words of noted SETI researcher Jill Tarter, is something a lot of exoplanet searchers are hoping for one day. They’re trying not to narrow down their search to Sun-like stars, but also examine stars that are smaller, like red dwarfs. A new study, however, cautions that the X-ray environment of […]

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Weekly Space Hangout – July 19, 2013

by Fraser Cain July 19, 2013

Here’s our Weekly Space Hangout for July 19, 2013. Watch as a team of space and astronomy journalists discuss the big space stories of the week. We do this every Friday at 12:00 pm Pacific Time / 3:00 pm Eastern Time. You can join us live, or watch the archive here or on Google+. Host: […]

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Famed Pair of Stars Closer To Earth Than We Imagined

by Elizabeth Howell May 25, 2013

If you’re a semi-serious amateur astronomer, chances are you’ve heard of a variable pair of stars called SS Cygni. When you watch the system for long enough, you’re rewarded with a brightness outburst that then fades away and then returns, regularly, over and over again. Turns out this bright pair is even closer to us than […]

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