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Solar Obliquity Induced by Planet Nine

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Planet Nine

The six-degree obliquity of the sun suggests that either an asymmetry was present in the solar system's formation environment, or an external torque has misaligned the angular momentum vectors of the sun and the planets.


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Extrasolar Planet HD 131399Ab Has Three Suns

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HD 131399Ab

If you thought Luke Skywalker's home planet, Tatooine, was a strange world with its two suns in the sky, imagine this: a planet where you'd either experience constant daylight or enjoy triple sunrises and sunsets each day, depending on the seasons, which happen to last longer than human lifetimes.

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Kepler Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Kepler Finds Newborn Exoplanet Around Young Star

Astronomers have discovered the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected.


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VLT Obtains Image of Exoplanet Orbiting CVSO 30

VLT Obtains Image of Exoplanet Orbiting CVSO 30

Astronomers hunt for planets orbiting other stars (exoplanets) using a variety of methods.


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New Planet Is Largest Discovered That Orbits Two Suns

New Planet Is Largest Discovered That Orbits Two Suns

If you cast your eyes toward the constellation Cygnus, you'll be looking in the direction of the largest planet yet discovered around a double-star system.


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Kepler-223 System: Clues to Planetary Migration

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The four planets of the Kepler-223 star system appeared to have little in common with the planets of our own solar system today.


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Potentially Habitable Planets Just 40 Light-Years Away

Potentially Habitable Planets Just 40 Light-Years Away

Is there life beyond our solar system? If there is, our best bet for finding it may lie in three nearby, Earth-like exoplanets.


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K2 Mission Searches For Distant Exoplanets

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Astronomers have made great strides in discovering planets outside of our solar system, termed "exoplanets."


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Young, Unattached Jupiter Found in Solar Neighborhood

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A team of astronomers from Carnegie and the University of Western Ontario has discovered one of the youngest and brightest free-floating, planet-like objects within relatively close proximity to the Sun.


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Planet Formation in Earth-like Orbit Around a Young Star

Planet Formation in Earth-like Orbit Around a Young Star

The disks of dust and gas that surround young stars are the formation sites of planets.


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Map of Rocky Exoplanet Reveals a Lava World

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Astronomers have obtained the most detailed 'fingerprint' of a rocky planet outside our solar system to date, and found a planet of two halves: one that is almost completely molten, and the other which is almost completely solid.


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Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Caltech researchers have found evidence of a giant planet tracing a bizarre, highly elongated orbit in the distant solar system.


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New View Evidence About Star and Planet Formation

New View Evidence About Star and Planet Formation

A detailed study of young stars and their surroundings has produced dramatic new evidence about how multiple-star systems form and how the dusty disks that are the raw material for planets grow around young stars.


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Distant World's Weather: Hot Dust and Molten Rain

Distant World's Weather: Hot Dust and Molten Rain

Weather patterns in a mysterious world beyond our solar system have been revealed for the first time, a study suggests.


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Focusing in on Other Worlds: Exploring Alien Atmospheres

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This episode of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's What's New in Aerospace? series, focuses on the abundance of confirmed and potential worlds that have been found outside of our solar system - commonly known as exoplanets.


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Video: Exoplanet β Pic b orbiting β Pictoris

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A series of images taken between November 2013 to April 2015 with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) on the Gemini South telescope in Chile shows the exoplanet β Pic b orbiting the star β Pictoris, which lies over 60 light-years from Earth.



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