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Infant Planet Discovered By UH-Led Team Using Maunakea Telescopes

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Planet 2M0437b

One of the youngest planets ever found around a distant infant star has been discovered by an international team of scientists led by University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa faculty, students, and alumni.


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The Planet Does Not Fall Far From The Star

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Copernicus Detail

A compositional link between planets and their respective host star has long been assumed in astronomy.

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Extreme Exoplanet Even More Exotic Than Originally Thought

Extreme Exoplanet Even More Exotic Than Originally Thought

Considered an ultra-hot Jupiter - a place where iron gets vaporized, condenses on the night side and then falls from the sky like rain - the fiery, inferno-like WASP-76b exoplanet may be even more sizzling than scientists had realized.


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Webb Space Telescope To Explore Forming Planetary Systems

Webb Space Telescope To Explore Forming Planetary Systems

Planetary systems take millions of years to form, which introduces quite a challenge for astronomers.


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What Can A Young Star Teach Us About The Birth Of Our Planet, Sun, And Solar System?

What Can A Young Star Teach Us About The Birth Of Our Planet, Sun, And Solar System?

The familiar star at the center of our solar system has had billions of years to mature and ultimately provide life-giving energy to us here on Earth. But a very long time ago, our sun was just a growing baby star.


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Cold Planets Exist Throughout Our Galaxy, Even In The Galactic Bulge

Cold Planets Exist Throughout Our Galaxy, Even In The Galactic Bulge

Researchers led by Osaka University and NASA find that the distribution of cold planets in the Milky Way is not strongly dependent on the distance from the Galactic center


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Kepler Telescope Glimpses A Population Of Free-floating Planets

Kepler Telescope Glimpses A Population Of Free-floating Planets

Tantalising evidence has been uncovered for a mysterious population of "free-floating" planets, planets that may be alone in deep space, unbound to any host star.


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Are We Missing Other Earths?

Are We Missing Other Earths?

Some exoplanet searches could be missing nearly half of the Earth-sized planets around other stars.


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Unique Exoplanet Photobombs CHEOPS Study Of Nearby Star System

Unique Exoplanet Photobombs CHEOPS Study Of Nearby Star System

While studying two exoplanets in a bright nearby star system, the CHEOPS satellite has unexpectedly spotted the system's third known planet crossing the face of the star.


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Citizen Scientists Discover Two Gaseous Planets Around A Bright Sun-like Star

Citizen Scientists Discover Two Gaseous Planets Around A Bright Sun-like Star

At night, seven-year-old Miguel likes talking to his father Cesar Rubio about planets and stars. "I try to nurture that," says Rubio, a machinist in Pomona, California, who makes parts for mining and power generation equipment.


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Watching A Large Planet Form

Watching A Large Planet Form

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers a rare look at a Jupiter-sized, still-forming planet that is feeding off material surrounding a young star.


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A New Super-Earth Detected Orbiting A Red Dwarf Star

A New Super-Earth Detected Orbiting A Red Dwarf Star

In recent years there has been an exhaustive study of red dwarf stars to find exoplanets in orbit around them.


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Earth Has A Hot New Neighbour And It's An Astronomer's Dream

Earth Has A Hot New Neighbour And It's An Astronomer's Dream

A newly discovered planet could be our best chance yet of studying rocky planet atmospheres outside the solar system, a new international study involving UNSW Sydney shows.


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A New Way Of Forming Planets

A New Way Of Forming Planets

In the last 25 years, scientists have discovered over 4000 planets beyond the borders of our solar system.


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High Schoolers Discover Four Exoplanets

High Schoolers Discover Four Exoplanets

The high schoolers turned scientists published their findings this week, thanks to a research mentorship program at the Center for Astrophysics; Harvard and Smithsonian


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CHEOPS Finds A Unique Planetary System

CHEOPS Finds A Unique Planetary System

Musical notes that sound pleasant together can form a harmony. These notes are usually in a special relationship with each other: when expressed as frequencies, their ratios result in simple fractions, such as four-thirds or three-halves.



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