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Astrophysics - Exoplanets Topics

  • Planets by the Dozen

    2008April 6, 2011

    A NASA-funded survey set to begin in 2008 could dramatically increase the number of known planets outside our solar system.

  • Hubble Directly Observes a Planet Orbiting Another Star

    2008April 6, 2011

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has taken the first visible-light snapshot of a planet circling another star. The planet, called 'Fomalhaut b', orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years from Earth.

  • Alien Atmospheres

    2001April 6, 2011

    Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have detected the atmosphere of a planet circling a Sun-like star 150 light years away.

  • Kepler Discovers Five Exoplanets

    2010April 6, 2011

    NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets.

  • Kepler Mission to Hunt for Earth-like Planets

    2009April 6, 2011

    Are there other worlds like ours? Are we alone? NASA's Kepler spacecraft is about to begin an unprecedented journey that could answer these ancient questions.

  • Kepler Mission Rockets to Space in Search of Other Earths

    2009April 6, 2011

    In a night launch of stunning beauty, NASA's Kepler spacecraft lifted off from Cape Canaveral on Friday night, March 6th, on a mission to find Earth-like planets circling other stars.

  • Kepler Detects an Exoplanet Atmosphere

    2009April 6, 2011

    NASA's new planet-hunting Kepler space telescope has detected the changing phases and atmosphere of a planet a thousand light years away.

  • Ancient Planet

    2003April 6, 2011

    Some 13 billion years ago in a distant cluster of stars, a planet formed. Remarkably it's still there, according to astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope.