Tag Archives: Exoplanet

Life’s Possible in 3 New Exoplanets: MIT Team

Three planets orbiting an ultracool dwarf star 40 light years away from Earth could become the next space colony targets with size and temperature comparable to those of Earth and Venus, perhaps the best livable planets found ever. An international team of astronomers from MIT, the University of Liège in Belgium, and elsewhere have detected the three planets using TRAPPIST ...

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Astronomers Discover ‘Young Jupiter’ Exoplanet Using New Gemini Imager, not Kepler

In their quest to understand how our solar system evolved, scientists have been exploring the younger star systems in the early stages of development and they have struck a goldmine when they discovered a Jupiter-like planet that could serve as a decoder ring for understanding how planets formed around our sun. Called 51 Eridani b, the first exoplanet was discovered ...

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NASA Discovers Closest Rocky Exoplanet Just 21 Light Years Away

Astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system using the Spitzer Space telescope. The planet is a mere 21 light-years away, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data. It is also known as HD 219134b. Planet itself can’t be seen directly, even by telescopes. In the Cassiopeia constellation, near the ...

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Earth-like Planet ‘Kepler 452b’ Finally Found But…

This artist's concept depicts one possible appearance of the planet Kepler-452b, the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of star that is similar to our sun. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

NASA has beeen aggressively looking for an earth-like planet for over a decade and many findings of planets proved futile owing to non-habitable or hostile conditions but the one found and named Kepler 452b is two-thirds similar, if not exactly the twin. The new earth-like planet has 385 days and twice the gravity, rocky surface and orbits its own Sun, ...

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It’s Official: NASA Launches Alien Probe NexSS Project, What Next?

After repeated rantings, the US space agency NASA has finally launched its ambitious project to hunt for signs of life or aliens beyond our solar system as announced by its chief scientist last month. Launching the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NexSS) project to probe on exoplanets after bringing together experts in earth science, planetary science, heliophysics and astrophysics together on ...

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NASA’s Spitzer Telescope Finds Distant Planet, Using Microlensing Technique

NASA’s spitzer telescope has found a gas planet as far away as 13,000 light years away, the distant celestial body known in the category, called ‘Ogle-2014-BLG-0124Lb’. The gas giant planet is thought to be half the mass of Jupiter. Underlining the spitzer telescope discovery, scientists said Spitzer can be used further to see how planets are distributed throughout the spiral-shaped Milky ...

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Exoplanet with Astonishing Heat of More Than 1650 Degrees, 1000-km Wind Speed Discovered

  Imagine an exoplanet that has an internal surface atmosphere of more than 1650 degree celsius and 1000 km wind speed that is unimaginable but has been discovered for the first time by researchers. The HD189733b exoplanet’s turbulent atmosphere is too awesome to attempt any near-study approach, said researchers. “These results open up perspectives to approach the study of exoplanet ...

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Exoplanets Likely to Have Water, Hospitable to Life

A recent study shows that planets outside our solar system, exoplanets, are expected to have liquid and be more habitable than previously thought. “Planets with potential oceans could have a climate that is much more similar to Earth’s than previously expected,” said Jeremy Leconte, post-doctoral fellow at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) at University of Toronto. The study ...

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K2 Mission: NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Finds First Expoplanet

With the discovery of the first exoplanet found using its new K2 mission, NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft has made a comeback. The new exoplanet called HIP 116454b is 2.5 times the diameter of the Earth and follows a close, nine-day orbit around a star. The discovery was made when astronomers and engineers devised an ingenious way to repurpose Kepler for ...

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