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exoplanet

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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 Jul. 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 Feb. 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 Feb. 2, 2012

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Hubble telescope spots signs of water on five planets

Two studies suggest distant worlds have atmospheres with water, but some aren't places you'd want to visit anytime soon.

By Dec. 4, 2013

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Kepler data dig strikes galactic gold with 715 new planets

You should't feel as alone today as you did yesterday. NASA says it has confirmed the existence of 715 new exoplanets beyond our solar system, many of them not that different from Earth in terms of size.

By Feb. 26, 2014

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Earth-size rocky planet is a hot mess

Astronomers locate a rare Earth-size rocky planet outside of our solar system, but it's not very hospitable.

By Oct. 31, 2013

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NASA's Kepler may have spied its last Earth-like planet

The space agency is giving up on restoring its planet-hunting spacecraft to full operational capability, but that doesn't mean the mission is over just yet.

By Aug. 15, 2013

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Super-Earth practically next door could be habitable

You may think this planet is overpopulated or you may just be sick of the partisan politics. In either case, HD 40307g is an attractive getaway.

By Nov. 8, 2012

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NASA has found 3 nice, habitable planets for us to choose from

The agency's Kepler space telescope locates three planets -- in two new planetary systems -- that are the right distance from their suns to make them potentially life-supporting.

By Apr. 18, 2013

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Finally, a chance to tweet to aliens

Multimedia artists will beam real-time tweets to the newly discovered GJ667Cc light-years away. What do you want to say to your brother from another (exo)planet?

By May. 15, 2012