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exoplanet

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'Sphere' looks past stellar glare to find exoplanets

A device known as "Sphere," attached to the Very Large Telescope in Chile, has achieved first light using three novel methods to peek into the brightness.

By June 4, 2014

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The 7 confirmed exoplanets most likely to host life (pictures)

Humanity's most advanced telescopes have begun to confirm distant planets circling their stars within the habitable zone. Use a conservative definition of what makes a potentially habitable planet, and these 7 exoplanets still make the grade.

8 Images By May 9, 2014

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Fly by all known exoplanets in 60 seconds

For centuries, distant planets were the stuff of sci-fi, but in recent years, science has begun to confirm their existence. Take a quick tour of the more than 1,700 (so far) known exoplanets in the visible universe.

By May 6, 2014

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NASA X-ray spots amazing exoplanet eclipse

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory captures the first-ever X-ray of an exoplanet passing in front of its parent star in a system that is 63 light-years from Earth.

By July 30, 2013

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Toasty, windy exoplanet charted in 2D for first time

Astronomers have made a crude thermal map of an extrasolar world they cannot yet see, confirming that violent winds rapidly whip around the planet.

By February 27, 2012

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Why we'll never find an exoplanet like Earth

Evidence that plant life was a primary force that shaped Earth's surface is laid out in a new issue of Nature Geoscience. Because of that, the chance we'll find a similar world with a surface like our planet's is very small.

By February 2, 2012

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Exoplanets more common than stars, galactic census finds

The findings lend support to the hope that somewhere up in the night sky is an Earth-like world.

By January 12, 2012

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Water found on Neptune-sized planet 124 light-years from Earth

The discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of the planet opens up more understanding about planet formation and the possibility of life outside our solar system.

By September 24, 2014

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Scientists spot another planet straight out of 'Star Wars'

Researchers believe they've found the first rocky, Earth-like exoplanet to orbit a distant binary star system. That's good news for the search for habitable worlds, not to mention real-life analogs to the "Star Wars" universe.

By July 6, 2014

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NASA: Humans could find alien life within 20 years

NASA scientists and top space experts outline plans to advance the search for life on other worlds.

By July 15, 2014