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Exoplanets

Astronomers Watched a Star System Die

About 570 light years from Earth lies WD 1145+017, a white dwarf star. In many respects it's a typical white…

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Astronomers Define the “Really Habitable Zone”. Planets Capable of Producing Gin and Tonic

A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate.…

6 days ago

Your Umbrella is Insufficient on a Planet Where it Rains Iron

Imagine a planet where it rained iron. Sounds impossible. But on one distant exoplanet, which is tidally locked to its…

4 weeks ago

Are Low Density “Cotton Candy” Exoplanets Actually Just Regular Planets With Rings?

There's a type of exoplanet that astronomers sometimes refer to as cotton candy planets, or super-puffs. They're mysterious, because their…

1 month ago

During A Lunar Eclipse, It’s A Chance To See Earth As An Exoplanet

There are several ways to look for alien life on distant worlds. One is to listen for radio signals these…

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Here are the First Pictures from CHEOPS

The CHEOPS spacecraft is taking the first tentative steps in its mission. Back on January 29th, the spacecraft opened the…

2 months ago

CHEOPS Just Opened Its Eyes to Start Studying Known Exoplanets, We Should See the First Picture in a Few Weeks

The CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) spacecraft just opened the cover on its telescope. The spacecraft was launched on December 18th 2019 and…

2 months ago

A Second Planet May Have been Found Orbiting Proxima Centauri! And it’s a Super Earth.

Astronomers have discovered another candidate exoplanet orbiting our neighbor, Proxima Centauri. A paper announcing these results was just published in…

3 months ago

The Perfect Stars to Search for Life On Their Planets

We tend to think of our Earthly circumstances as normal. A watery, temperate world orbiting a stable yellow star. A…

3 months ago

TESS Finds a Planet That Orbits Two Stars

Researchers working with data from NASA's TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) have a found a planet that orbits two stars.…

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