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Hubble Observes Pitch Black Planet

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WASP-12b

Astronomers have discovered that the well-studied exoplanet WASP-12b reflects almost no light, making it appear essentially pitch black.


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BoldlyGo Institute and NASA Sign Space Act Agreement for Joint Cooperation on Project Blue Mission

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Project Blue Mission

The BoldlyGo Institute (BoldlyGo) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have signed a Space Act Agreement to cooperate on "Project Blue," a mission to search for potentially habitable Earth-size planets in the Alpha Centauri system using a specially designed space telescope.

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Tracking The Birth Of A Super-Earth

Tracking The Birth Of A Super-Earth

How exactly planets form is still an open question with a number of outstanding problems.


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A Planet That Is Hotter Than Most Stars

A Planet That Is Hotter Than Most Stars

A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot, it's being vaporized by its own star.


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Exoplanet HAT-P-26b Has A Primitive Atmosphere

Exoplanet HAT-P-26b Has A Primitive Atmosphere

A study combining observations from NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes reveals that the distant planet HAT-P-26b has a primitive atmosphere composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium.


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Brown Dwarf Is Actually a Planetary Mass Object

Brown Dwarf Is Actually a Planetary Mass Object

Sometimes a brown dwarf is actually a planet -- or planet-like anyway.


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NASA: Iceball Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

NASA: Iceball Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.


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Spring Cleaning in an Infant Star System

Spring Cleaning in an Infant Star System

This image depicts the dusty disc encircling the young, isolated star HD 169142.


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Fledgling Stars Try to Prevent Neighbors from Birthing Planets

Fledgling Stars Try to Prevent Neighbors from Birthing Planets

Newly formed stars are surrounded by a disc of dense gas and dust. This is called the protoplanetary disc, as material sticks together within it to form planets.


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Visualizing Debris Disks to Understand Planetary System Evolution

Visualizing Debris Disks to Understand Planetary System Evolution

When planets first begin to form, the aftermath of the process leaves a ring of rocky and icy material that's rotating and colliding around the young central star like a celestial roller derby.


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Astronomers Discover a Missing Link in Planet Formation

Astronomers Discover a Missing Link in Planet Formation

Planets are thought to form in the disks of dust and gas found around young stars. But astronomers have struggled to assemble a complete theory of their origin that explains how the initial dust develops into planetary systems.


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Studying TRAPPIST-1 With James Webb Space Telescope

Studying TRAPPIST-1 With James Webb Space Telescope

With the discovery of seven earth-sized planets around the TRAPPIST-1 star 40 light years away, astronomers are looking to the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope to help us find out if any of these planets could possibly support life.


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Nearby Star Has 7 Earth-Sized Worlds - Most In Habitable Zone

Nearby Star Has 7 Earth-Sized Worlds - Most In Habitable Zone

It will be announced tomorrow by NASA that Michael Gillon et al have confirmed 4 more Earth-sized planets circling TRAPPIST-1 in addition to 3 already discovered.


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Winds of Rubies and Sapphires On HAT-P-7b

Winds of Rubies and Sapphires On HAT-P-7b

Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on a planet 16 times larger than Earth, over 1000 light years away - the first time ever that weather systems have been found on a gas giant outside our solar system - according to new research by the University of Warwick.


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Sculpting Solar Systems

Sculpting Solar Systems

Three teams of astronomers have made use of SPHERE, an advanced exoplanet-hunting instrument on the Very Large Telescope at ESO's Paranal Observatory, in order to shed light on the enigmatic evolution of fledgling planetary systems.


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ALMA Spots Possible Formation Site of Icy Giant Planet

ALMA Spots Possible Formation Site of Icy Giant Planet

Astronomers have found signs of a growing planet around TW Hydra, a nearby young star, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA).



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