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How Many Suns Can a Planet Have?
Science & Tech  (tags: exoplanets, cosmos, Universe, planets, stars, Tatooine )

Freya
- 133 days ago - space.com
A strange alien world with three suns in its sky has just been discovered, but it didn't break any records. There are a handful of other known exoplanets with three host stars, and quite a few out there with two suns.
A Lost 1917 Image Shows the Earliest Evidence of Exoplanets
Science & Tech  (tags: space, exoplanets, stars )

Freya
- 236 days ago - mentalfloss.com
Even major scientific institutions need to reassess the stuff that's piled up in their basements once in a while. The Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena recently did so and found evidence of the earliest observation of a planetary system outside our...
Astronomers Discover "Habitable" Exoplanet Just 14 Light-Years Away
Science & Tech  (tags: science, space, astronomy, discovery, nasa, research, Wolf 1061, Exoplanets )

Michael
- 353 days ago - iflscience.com
Three planets have been found 14 light-years away, circling the red dwarf Wolf 1061. One has an orbit compatible with liquid water - and potentially life - making it the closest undisputed planet to Earth in this category.
Pairs of Habitable Worlds Could Throw Microbes at Each Other
Science & Tech  (tags: astronomy, interesting, space, study, panspermia, exoplanets )

Louise
- 367 days ago - newscientist.com
In other solar systems, some planets orbit close to each other in the habitable zone a region around a star with the right temperatures for liquid water. That proximity might help life to evolve due to the transfer of meteors.
UCLA Professor Proposes Simpler Way to Define What Makes a Planet
Science & Tech  (tags: Exoplanets, UCLA, Planetary bodies, Space, American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union )

Steve
- 391 days ago - phys.org
Since the late 1980s, scientists have discovered nearly 5,000 planetary bodies orbiting stars other than the sun. But astronomers are still working on what exactly we should call them. This proposed method would help greatly.
Astronomers Just Detected Light Bouncing Off An Exoplanet. Here's Why That's So Exciting.
Science & Tech  (tags: exoplanets, extraterrestrial life, space exploration )

Freya
- 593 days ago - vox.com
A team of Portuguese astronomers has detected light bouncing directly off the surface of an exoplanet for the first time. Why is this a big deal? Studying the light reflecting from exoplanets can give us clues about the gases present in that planet's...
Ancient Exoplanet Discovery Boosts Chances Of Finding Alien Life
Science & Tech  (tags: science, astronomy, discovery, nasa, research, space, aliens, life, exoplanets, Kepler, Kepler-444 )

Michael
- 674 days ago - iflscience.com
One of the crucial variables in calculating the likelihood that alien life exists elsewhere in our galaxy is the number of stars that possess planetary systems, and the proportion of those planets that might be suitable for life.
Faraway Planet Is Lord of the Rings
Science & Tech  (tags: space exploration, exoplanets, planetary rings, planets, J1407b )

Freya
- 678 days ago - news.yahoo.com
Astronomers said Wednesday they had found the first-ever ringed planet beyond our solar system, a super-world with a girdle of halos 200 times bigger than Saturn's.
Newfound Exoplanets Are Most Earth-Like Yet
Science & Tech  (tags: world, study, space, science, research, news, nasa, interesting, humans, environment, discovery, astronomy, cosmology, exoplanets, kepler )

Darren
- 698 days ago - scientificamerican.com
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft finds two worlds that have sizes and orbits similar to ours
The Biggest Alien Planet Discoveries of 2014
Science & Tech  (tags: planets, exoplanets, Kepler, space exploration, NASA )

Freya
- 708 days ago - space.com
This past year was a banner one for the field of exoplanet science, with the tally of known alien worlds doubling to nearly 2,000 by the end of 2014.
Water on Earth Is OLDER Than the Sun: Similarity Between Oceans and Icy Comets Increases Our Chance of Finding Alien Life
Science & Tech  (tags: world, technology, study, space, scientists, science, research, news, interesting, humans, environment, discovery, astronomy, earth, water, solar system, exoplanets, ancient ice, asteroids, sun )

Darren
- 802 days ago - dailymail.co.uk
Earth's water may have begun life in the early solar system, says study This means exoplanets may form in environments with abundant water The study took a look at ancient ice preserved in comets and asteroids
Astronomers Spot Planet Forming
Science & Tech  (tags: science, astronomy, planets, exoplanets, research, discovery, space )

Michael
- 822 days ago - iflscience.com
In February of last year, astronomers studying a young star--HD 100546--located just 355 light-years from Earth announced they had captured an image that likely represented a planet undergoing formation.
Want to Colonize An Alien Planet? Send 40,000 People
Science & Tech  (tags: space travel, colonization, exoplanets, space exploration )

Freya
- 860 days ago - news.yahoo.com
If humanity ever wants to colonize a planet beyond the solar system, it's going to need a really big spaceship.
Unexpected Giant Exoplanet Discovered
Science & Tech  (tags: research, discovery, astronomy, nasa, science, news, exoplanets, Montreal )

Michael
- 926 days ago - iflscience.com
A group of researchers from the University of Montreal have announced the discovery of an exoplanet that is 115 light years away and surprisingly, was directly imaged. It also has one of the largest orbits of any known exoplanet.
Could Alien Life Cope With a Hotter, Brighter Star?
Science & Tech  (tags: space, exoplanets, alien life, extraterrestrials )

Freya
- 947 days ago - space.com
The stars in the night sky shine in myriad hues and brightnesses--piercing blues, clean whites, smoldering crimsons. Every star has a different mass, the basic characteristic that determines its size, lifespan, light output and temperature.
 

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