Exoplanets

Nasa's Tess Hits Milestone Of 5,000 Exoplanet Candidates

The catalog of planet candidates found with NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) recently passed 5,000 TOIs, or TESS Objects of Interest.
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These Exoplanets Are Teetering On The Verge Of Destruction

Exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system, are a hot topic in astronomy research right now. Recently, a team of astronomers has discovered some very hot exoplanets indeed – ones that are orbiting so close to their stars that they are...
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These Newly-discovered Planets Are Doomed

Astronomers have spied three more exoplanets. But the discovery might not last long. Each planet is in a separate solar system, and each orbits perilously close to its star. Even worse, all of the stars are dying. The results? Three doomed...
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A Moon Might Have Been Found Orbiting An Exoplanet

In the past three decades, the field of extrasolar planet studies has advanced by leaps and bounds. To date, 4,903 extrasolar planets have been confirmed in 3,677 planetary systems, with another 8,414 candidates awaiting confirmation. The diverse...
Related topics: Moon, Space

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Move Over Exoplanets, Exomoons Are The Next Big Thing

Is that an extremely large moon we see outside the solar system, astro-boffins ask themselves Scientists have spotted a new candidate for a moon existing outside of our solar system, with only a 1 per cent chance the observation could be an...
Related topics: Exomoons, Moon, Space

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Amateur Astronomer Discovers Jupiter-like Planet With Same Mass As The Sun, Nasa Says

According to the space agency, the exoplanet called TOI-2180 b is about 379 light-years away from Earth and has an average temperature of about 170 degrees Fahrenheit (76 degrees Celsisus), which is warmer than room temperature on our planet as well...
Related topics: Space, Jupiter, Sun, NASA

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Many Of The Webb Telescope’s Greatest Discoveries Won't Come From Any Amazing Pictures

Around the turn of the 21st century, a new age of galactic discovery began.Through the latest telescopes on land and in space, astronomers started spotting a wealth of planets outside our solar system, called exoplanets. In our Milky Way galaxy,...
Related topics: Telescopes, Space, Scientific Discoveries, Milky Way

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Water Vapor Detected On A 'super Neptune'

The recently discovered planet TOI-674 b, a bit bigger than Neptune and orbiting a red-dwarf star about 150 light-years away, is a member of an exclusive club: Exoplanets, or planets around other stars, known to have water vapor in their...
Related topics: Neptune, Scientific Discoveries, Space

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Plato Exoplanet Mission Gets Green Light For Next Phase

Plato, ESA's next-generation planet hunting mission, has been given the green light to continue with its development after the critical milestone review concluded successfully on 11 January 2022.
Related topics: European Space Agency, Space

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Ironing Out The Interiors Of Exoplanets

The discovery of more than 4,500 extra-solar planets has created a need for modelling their interior structure and dynamics. As it turns out, iron plays a key role.
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New Insights Into Seasons On A Planet Outside Our Solar System

Imagine being in a place where the winds are so strong that they move at the speed of sound. That's just one aspect of the atmosphere on XO-3b, one of a class of exoplanets (planets outside our solar system), known as hot Jupiters. The eccentric...
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Newly-found Planets On The Edge Of Destruction

Astronomers have found three Jupiter-like exoplanets that are dangerously close to being 'swallowed up' by their host stars. The discovery gives new insight into how planetary systems evolve over time, helping to reveal the fate of solar systems...
Related topics: Space, Jupiter, Scientific Discoveries

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Astronomers Find Evidence For A Second Supermoon Beyond Our Solar System

Astronomers have reported a second, super-sized moon orbiting a Jupiter-sized planet beyond our solar system. If confirmed, the sighting could mean that exomoons are as common in the universe as exoplanets, and that big or small, such moons are a...
Related topics: Space, Moon, Jupiter, Exomoons

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Rugby Ball-shaped Exoplanet Discovered

With the help of the CHEOPS space telescope, an international team was able to detect the deformation of an exoplanet for the first time. Due to strong tidal forces, the appearance of the planet WASP-103b resembles a rugby ball rather than a sphere.
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries, Space, Telescopes

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Eccentric Exoplanet Discovered

Led by the University of Bern, an international research team has discovered a sub-Neptune exoplanet orbiting a red dwarf star. The discovery was also made thanks to observations performed by the SAINT-EX observatory in Mexico. SAINT-EX is run by a...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries, Neptune

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New Year's Mission To Start New Phase Of Exoplanet Research

A mission to one of the coldest and most remote places on earth will enable a new phase in the search for distant planetary systems.

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Tess Spots Baffling Body, And It’s Dusty

Astronomers have spotted something way the heck out there, but even their smartest computers can’t figure out what it is. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, was launched in 2018 with the goal of discovering small planets around the...
Related topics: Space, Polls, Satellites, Sun

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An Exoplanet Found Protected By A Magnetosphere

Today’s astronomers are busy building the census of extrasolar planets, which has reached a total of 4,884 confirmed planets, with another 8,288 candidates awaiting confirmation. Now that the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has finally been...
Related topics: Space, Census, Telescopes

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To Study The Next Earth, Nasa May Need To Throw Some Shade

The agency wants to hunt exoplanets, so it’s designing star shades and coronagraphs that block out starlight and give telescopes a clear view.
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Astronomers Find Mysterious Dusty Object Orbiting A Star

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, TESS, was launched in 2018 with the goal of discovering small planets around the sun's nearest neighbor stars. TESS has so far discovered 172 confirmed exoplanets and compiled a list of 4703 candidate...
Related topics: Space, Polls, Satellites, Sun, Scientific Discoveries

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