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Moon-Forming Disk Discovered Around Distant Planet

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Mars Imaged by Hubble

Using Earth's most powerful array of radio telescopes, astronomers have made the first observations of a circumplanetary disk of gas and dust like the one that is believed to have birthed the moons of Jupiter.


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Atmosphere Of Mid-size Exoplanet Revealed By Hubble and Spitzer

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Copernicus Detail

Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical "fingerprint" of a planet between the sizes of Earth and Neptune. No planets like this can be found in our own solar system, but they are common around other stars.

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TESS Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet

TESS Finds Its Smallest Planet Yet

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a world between the sizes of Mars and Earth orbiting a bright, cool, nearby star. The planet, called L 98-59b, marks the tiniest discovered by TESS to date.


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18 Earth-sized Exoplanets Discovered

18 Earth-sized Exoplanets Discovered

Somewhat more than 4000 planets orbiting stars outside our solar system are known so far.


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Small, Hardy Planets Most Likely To Survive Death Of Their Stars

Small, Hardy Planets Most Likely To Survive Death Of Their Stars

Small, hardy planets packed with dense elements have the best chance of avoiding being crushed and swallowed up when their host star dies, new research from the University of Warwick has found.


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Gravitational Forces in Protoplanetary Disks May Push Super-Earths Close To Their Stars

Gravitational Forces in Protoplanetary Disks May Push Super-Earths Close To Their Stars

The galaxy is littered with planetary systems vastly different from ours.


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Ashes Of A Dying Star Hold Clues About Our Solar System's Birth

Ashes Of A Dying Star Hold Clues About Our Solar System's Birth

A grain of dust forged in the death throes of a long-gone star was discovered by a team of researchers led by the University of Arizona.


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Third Planet Discovered In The Kepler-47 Circumbinary System

Third Planet Discovered In The Kepler-47 Circumbinary System

Using data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, a team of researchers, led by astronomers at San Diego State University, detected the new Neptune-to-Saturn-size planet orbiting between two previously known planets.


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TESS Finds Its First Earth-sized Planet

TESS Finds Its First Earth-sized Planet

A nearby system hosts the first Earth-sized planet discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite, as well as a warm sub-Neptune-sized world.


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Heavy Metal Planet Fragment Survives Destruction From A Dead Star

Heavy Metal Planet Fragment Survives Destruction From A Dead Star

A fragment of a planet that has survived the death of its star has been discovered by University of Warwick astronomers in a disc of debris formed from destroyed planets, which the star ultimately consumes.


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Astronomers Discover Two New Planets Using Artificial Intelligence

Astronomers Discover Two New Planets Using Artificial Intelligence

Astronomers at The University of Texas at Austin, in partnership with Google, have used artificial intelligence (AI) to uncover two more hidden planets in the Kepler space telescope archive.


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Cooking Up Alien Atmospheres On Earth

Cooking Up Alien Atmospheres On Earth

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, are cooking up an alien atmosphere right here on Earth.


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ALMA Observes the Formation Sites of Solar-System-like Planets

ALMA Observes the Formation Sites of Solar-System-like Planets

Researchers have spotted the formation sites of planets around a young star resembling our Sun.


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Kepler's First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years After Launch

Kepler's First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years After Launch

An international team of astronomers, led by University of Hawaii graduate student Ashley Chontos, announced the confirmation of the first exoplanet candidate identified by NASA's Kepler Mission.


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Microlensing Reveals Sub-Saturn Giant Planets are Common, Not Rare

Microlensing Reveals Sub-Saturn Giant Planets are Common, Not Rare

Astronomers have found a new exoplanet that could alter the standing theory of planet formation. With a mass that's between that of Neptune and Saturn, and its location beyond the "snow line" of its host star, an alien world of this scale was supposed to be rare.


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TESS Rounds Up Its First Planets, Snares Far-Flung Supernovae

TESS Rounds Up Its First Planets, Snares Far-Flung Supernovae

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has found three confirmed exoplanets, or worlds beyond our solar system, in its first three months of observations.



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