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Worldwide observations confirm nearby 'lensing' exoplanet

Astronomers using telescopes around the world confirmed and characterized an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star through a rare phenomenon known as gravitational microlensing. The exoplanet has a mass similar to Neptune, but it orbits a star lighter (cooler) than the Sun at an orbital radius similar to Earth's orbital radius.

Nov 1st, 2019

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The science of exoplanets is poised for major breakthroughs

TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is NASA's newest exoplanet mission. TESS will find thousands of new planets orbiting nearby stars. During its two year survey, TESS will watch a wide variety of stars, looking for signs of planets ranging from Earth-size to larger than Jupiter.

Oct 31st, 2019

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Tracing interstellar dust back to the solar system's formation

Interplanetary particles from Earth's upper atmosphere contain dust from the initial formation of the solar system. The exotic grains may represent the building blocks of planets from 4.6 billion years ago. Analysis of these materials makes it possible to gain deeper insights into the processes that formed and altered our solar system.

Oct 16th, 2019

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Gas 'waterfalls' reveal infant planets around young star

The birthplaces of planets are disks made out of gas and dust. Astronomers study these so-called protoplanetary disks to understand the processes of planet formation. Beautiful images of these disks show distinct gaps and ring features in dust, which may be caused by infant planets.

Oct 16th, 2019

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