Category Archives: exoplanet

Future Exoplanet Research

The future of exoplanet research means not just the discovery of more exoplanets, but characterizing them. To do so, the European Space Agency (ESA) is launching the Characterizing Exoplanet Satellite (CHEOPS), the PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars mission (PLATO), and the Atmospheric Remote-Sensing Infrared Exoplanet Large-survey mission (ARIEL). CHEOPS will observe bright stars with … Continue reading Future Exoplanet Research Continue reading Continue reading

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New Alien Planet

Recently, there was a new world discovered that is quite Earth-like. It is an exoplanet named OGLE-2016-BLG-1195Lb. This planet is about as massive as our earth, and orbits its start at around the same distance as earth orbits our sun, however, there is a major difference. The star that our new exoplanet orbits is tiny and […]Continue reading Continue reading

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First Super-Earth Exoplanet with Atmosphere Discovered

Earlier this month, scientists discovered the existence of an atmosphere on an exoplanet much like Earth, making this the first Earth-like exoplanet with atmosphere to have been detected aside from earth itself. The planet is named GJ 1132b, located in the constellation Vela as a planet of the low-mass star GJ 1132. The planet is […]Continue reading Continue reading

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Beyond our Solar System

Extrasolar planets are a recent discovery in the time of our Universe. So far, there are 3,475 confirmed exoplanets. These planets are most often comparable to the gas and ice giants that we have in our Solar System. However, there is a constant search for planets that are similar to ours: in the habitable zone around their respective… Continue reading Beyond our Solar SystemContinue reading Continue reading

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Life On Other Worlds

The search for exoplanets is one of the most exciting projects in science today. The possibility of earth-like worlds harboring intelligent life is what has electrified most science fiction geeks. With enough funding, the possibilities are endless! Our ability to detect these elusive worlds has improved since our first discovery two decades ago. In late…Read more Life On Other WorldsContinue reading Continue reading

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Want to discover a new planet?

Are you curious about what’s out there in our universe? Have you been wanting to do your own astronomical research? Has it been a dream of yours to discover a new planet? Fear no more! A team of astronomers led by MIT and the Carnegie Institution for Science is now giving the public the opportunity … Continue reading “Want to discover a new planet?”Continue reading Continue reading

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Stop! In the Name of…

Gravity? What causes Hot Jupiters to not be eaten by their parent stars? Continue reading Continue reading

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Where’s Waldo?

You thought finding Waldo was hard, searching for life in the universe might be a little harder… Continue reading Continue reading

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Much Stars So Wow 2014-04-06 17:17:05

This charismatic account of the first rogue planet discovered touches on many interesting points. The video discusses our ever-changing definition of what constitutes a planet. At first, we simply defined a planet as anything we observed that was similar to our 8 local planets. However, after incredibly massive planets (around ten times the mass of […] Continue reading Continue reading

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The Probability of Life “Out There”

  Is there other intelligent life in the universe? Mathematically speaking, there’s almost got to be some. In fact, it would be quite surprising to find out that there aren’t other intelligent life forms, let alone simple life. Life as we know it can exist in a plethora of places and environments on Earth itself, […] Continue reading Continue reading

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