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Exoplanets can be weighed using starlight, reveal scientists

Exoplanets can be weighed using starlight, reveal scientists

Two MIT planetary scientists, Julien de Wit and Sara Seager, have published research showing how it is possible to determine the weight of an exoplanet using the surrounding starlight. Not only does this represent a way to determine the weight of something that is seemingly impossible to gauge, it will also facilitate the hunt for planets that are most like our own, possibly expediting the discovery of a planet like Earth.

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Gigantic exoplanet defies planet and star formation theory

Gigantic exoplanet defies planet and star formation theory

A planet eleven times as big as Jupiter has been discovered orbiting a star at a distance of 650 astronomical units. That's 650 times as far from its star as Earth is from our own star. Never have we discovered a planet to be orbiting a star at so nearly great a distance.

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Kepler Space Telescope data suggests up to 40 billion Goldilocks planets

Kepler Space Telescope data suggests up to 40 billion Goldilocks planets

A new analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data by Berkeley astronomers suggests that as many as 40 billion planets with climates similar to Earth's may be calculated to exist in the Milky Way galaxy. Of those, 11 billion orbit stars similar to our sun. The rest of the hypothetical planets orbit red dwarf stars, which are the same size as our sun but cooler. New news nicely complements the more in-depth recent mineral analysis of the single planet Kepler Planet 78b.

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Earth-like Kepler 78b exoplanet under scrutiny from scientists

Earth-like Kepler 78b exoplanet under scrutiny from scientists

Scientists have discovered an interesting exoplanet about 700 light years away from the Earth residing in the constellation Cygnus. The planet is called Kepler 78b and is similar in mass and size to the Earth. Scientists also believe Kepler 78b is composed of rock and iron, just like the Earth.

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Nearest Earth-like planet only 13 light-years away

Nearest Earth-like planet only 13 light-years away

Finding planets that are similar to Earth is a task that scientists and researchers have been working on for a while now, but it seems like they're making great strides in their findings. Astronomers have reported that the nearest Earth-like planet is possibly just 13 light-years away (77 trillion miles).

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Astronomers claim there are no less than 17 billion planets in the Milky Way

Astronomers claim there are no less than 17 billion planets in the Milky Way

In the midst of searching for another Earth-like planet using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, astronomers are at least finding Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. According to research presented at the 221st meeting of the American Astronomical Society, the Milky Way is claimed to have no less than 17 billion planets that are roughly the size of earth.

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Rogue planet without sun spotted 100 light-years away

Rogue planet without sun spotted 100 light-years away

It wasn't too long ago when astronomers thought that solar systems outside our own would be more or less similar to ours -- there would be a central sun, with various planets of both rocky and gassy varieties. However, that's definitely not the case all the time. Today, astronomers have discovered a rogue planet that's uncommon from other planets like it.

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Hubble Space Telescope spots fifth moon orbiting Pluto

Hubble Space Telescope spots fifth moon orbiting Pluto

Pluto may no longer be able to roll with the big boys, but that isn't stopping NASA scientists from continuing to take an interest in it. As it turns out, the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a fifth moon orbiting the solar system's second-most-massive dwarf planet. P5, as it's being called, is an irregularly shaped moon that's 6 to 15 miles across and whips around Pluto in a 56,000-mile-diameter circular orbit.

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Saturn Titan moon ocean hypothesis strengthens

Saturn Titan moon ocean hypothesis strengthens

Scientists now believe more than ever that Saturn's largest moon has an underground ocean. The discovery that presents this latest solid evidence is that Titan has been found to warp during its gravitational tides. This is leading science experts to believe that a large body of water slosed around under its outer shell.

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Proposed world’s tallest building would be 3,445 feet high

Proposed world’s tallest building would be 3,445 feet high

The tallest building in the world right now is the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates. With an observation deck on the 124th floor, a mosque on the 158th floor, and occupants on the 160th floor, it set all kinds of world records. But the Dubai masterpiece is about the be overthrown, if a proposal for a new building in Azerbaijan is approved. And it's not just going to inch ahead of the Burj Khalifa.

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Planetary Resources asteroid mining made a reality inside 24 months

Planetary Resources asteroid mining made a reality inside 24 months

This week the folks at Planetary Resources have revealed their initiative which will have them mining near-Earth asteroids for raw materials of all kinds. This project will have their teams heading to space to tap into the high concentration of precious materials found inside asteroids floating near our Earth on a daily basis to help sustain our planet and its ever-expanding population. This project officially includes a vast array of big names in software, hardware, and even film as it takes off for real extremely soon!

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Kepler telescope finds 11 new planetary systems, one has five planets

Kepler telescope finds 11 new planetary systems, one has five planets

The NASA team that operates the Kepler space telescope has used their all-seeing eye to find 11 new planetary systems. The new discovery brings the total number of planets that have been discovered by the Kepler team to 60. In all, there are 729 confirmed extra-solar planets. As always, the team uses regular changes in the light of the star to tell if planets are orbiting.

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