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Discovery Alert: 30 'Exocomets' Orbit a Familiar Star

May 3, 2022

The detection of 30 comets in another solar system – exocomets – could shed light on the formation of our own system of planets.

Discovery Alert: 30 'Exocomets' Orbit a Familiar Star
Discovery Alert: 30 'Exocomets' Orbit a Familiar Star
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Discovery Alert: A Flood of New Planets, Plus Hint of an ‘Exomoon'

April 13, 2022

An international team of astronomers confirms 60 new exoplanets, or planets orbiting other stars; a separate study finds tentative evidence of an “exomoon.”

Discovery Alert: A Flood of New Planets, Plus Hint of an ‘Exomoon'
Discovery Alert: A Flood of New Planets, Plus Hint of an ‘Exomoon'
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Cosmic Milestone: NASA Confirms 5,000 Exoplanets

March 21, 2022

The count of confirmed exoplanets just ticked past the 5,000 mark, representing a 30-year journey of discovery led by NASA space telescopes.

Cosmic Milestone: NASA Confirms 5,000 Exoplanets
Cosmic Milestone: NASA Confirms 5,000 Exoplanets
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Studying Dust to Find New Worlds

March 17, 2022

Scientists will be able to measure a specific kind of space dust in nearby planetary systems’ habitable zones. Finding out how much of this material these systems contain would help astronomers learn more about how rocky planets form and guide the search for habitable worlds.

Studying Dust to Find New Worlds
Studying Dust to Find New Worlds
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‘Heroic' Space Telescopes See Skies Packed With Planets

March 9, 2022

A superhero team of space telescopes has been working tirelessly to discover exoplanets and unveil their secrets. Now, a new superhero joins the team—the James Webb Space Telescope. What will it find?

‘Heroic' Space Telescopes See Skies Packed With Planets
‘Heroic' Space Telescopes See Skies Packed With Planets
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Day of Discovery: 7 Earth-Size Planets

February 22, 2022

NASA announced the discovery of seven Earth-size worlds orbiting the TRAPPIST-1 star five years ago. We've learned more in the years since, and we'll get an unprecedented look with the James Webb Space Telescope.

Day of Discovery: 7 Earth-Size Planets
Day of Discovery: 7 Earth-Size Planets
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Discovery Alert: Water Vapor Detected on a 'Super Neptune'

January 13, 2022

The atmosphere of a "super Neptune" some 150 light-years distant contains water vapor, a new study shows.

Discovery Alert: Water Vapor Detected on a 'Super Neptune'
Discovery Alert: Water Vapor Detected on a 'Super Neptune'
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What's Next for the Webb Telescope?

December 21, 2021

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope is in space! How long will it take to fully deploy and get into configuration?

What's Next for the Webb Telescope?
What's Next for the Webb Telescope?
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Discovery Alert: 172 Possible Planets? A New Roadmap to Distant Worlds

November 30, 2021

A new catalog of planets around other stars includes hundreds of new discoveries, and could offer insight into planet formation and variety.

Discovery Alert: 172 Possible Planets? A New Roadmap to Distant Worlds
Discovery Alert: 172 Possible Planets? A New Roadmap to Distant Worlds
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New Deep Learning Method Adds 301 Planets to Kepler's Total Count

November 22, 2021

A new machine-learning method yields 301 new exoplanet discoveries from the retired Kepler Space Telescope.

New Deep Learning Method Adds 301 Planets to Kepler's Total Count
New Deep Learning Method Adds 301 Planets to Kepler's Total Count
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Discovery Alert: A Giant Planet and Three Eclipses

November 11, 2021

A recently discovered exoplanet orbits two stars and crosses the faces of both; another is in a scorchingly hot, strangely shaped orbit around its star.

Discovery Alert: A Giant Planet and Three Eclipses
Discovery Alert: A Giant Planet and Three Eclipses
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Are We Alone in the Universe? NASA Calls for New Framework

October 28, 2021

NASA scientists create a scale for evaluating possible signs of life beyond Earth.

Are We Alone in the Universe? NASA Calls for New Framework
Are We Alone in the Universe? NASA Calls for New Framework
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Dress Up Your Digital Meetings With Cool Backgrounds From NASA

October 27, 2021

NASA has turned popular posters into cool backgrounds to dress up your digital meeting background or your desktop! For anyone dreaming of an exotic vacation to worlds with double sunsets, lava seas, or destinations across our universe.

Dress Up Your Digital Meetings With Cool Backgrounds From NASA
Dress Up Your Digital Meetings With Cool Backgrounds From NASA
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How to Find Hidden Oceans on Mysterious Worlds? Chemistry

October 27, 2021

A new study shows how the chemicals in an exoplanet’s atmosphere can, in some cases, reveal whether or not the temperature on its surface is too hot for liquid water.

How to Find Hidden Oceans on Mysterious Worlds? Chemistry
How to Find Hidden Oceans on Mysterious Worlds? Chemistry
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First Evidence of a Planet Identified Beyond Our Galaxy

October 25, 2021

Signs of a planet transiting a star outside of the Milky Way galaxy may have been detected for the first time. This intriguing result opens a new window to search for exoplanets at greater distances than ever before.

First Evidence of a Planet Identified Beyond Our Galaxy
First Evidence of a Planet Identified Beyond Our Galaxy
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The Exploration Behind the Inspiration at NASA

October 19, 2021

We imagine a time when space tourists flock to the Moon, vacation in the clouds of Venus, kayak on Saturn’s moon Titan, and visit exoplanets beyond our solar system including a world with two suns.

The Exploration Behind the Inspiration at NASA
The Exploration Behind the Inspiration at NASA
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Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Cosmic Objects

August 31, 2021

Brown dwarfs aren’t quite stars and aren’t quite planets, and a new study suggests there might be more of them lurking in our galaxy than scientists previously thought.

Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Cosmic Objects
Accidental Discovery Hints at a Hidden Population of Cosmic Objects
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Cosmic Legacy: Retired Space Telescope Reveals ‘Hot Jupiter' Secrets

July 26, 2021

A survey of strange exoplanets called 'hot Jupiters,' a legacy of the retired Spitzer Space Telescope, reveals some secrets – and a few surprises.

Cosmic Legacy: Retired Space Telescope Reveals ‘Hot Jupiter' Secrets
Cosmic Legacy: Retired Space Telescope Reveals ‘Hot Jupiter' Secrets
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Discovery Alert: a 'Cool' Planet – with Plenty of Atmosphere?

June 9, 2021

A newly discovered, Neptune-like planet some 90 light-years away might possess a robust atmosphere – and perhaps even a 'tail.'

Discovery Alert: a 'Cool' Planet – with Plenty of Atmosphere?
Discovery Alert: a 'Cool' Planet – with Plenty of Atmosphere?
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Marble in the Sky: the Hunt for Another Earth

May 25, 2021

Can we find another world somewhere among the stars that reminds us of our home planet? Will we know it when we see it?

Marble in the Sky: the Hunt for Another Earth
Marble in the Sky: the Hunt for Another Earth
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Exoplanet Exploration Website Wins 2021 Webby Award

May 20, 2021

NASA received three Webby Awards and was honored as the People's Voice winner in two categories in the 2021 Webby Awards competition. The awards, given by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, recognize the best in online communications.

Exoplanet Exploration Website Wins 2021 Webby Award
Exoplanet Exploration Website Wins 2021 Webby Award
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Hubble Watches How a Giant Planet Grows

April 30, 2021

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers a rare look at a Jupiter-sized, still-forming planet that is feeding off material surrounding a young star.

Hubble Watches How a Giant Planet Grows
Hubble Watches How a Giant Planet Grows
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The Searchers: How Will NASA Look for Signs of Life Beyond Earth?

April 27, 2021

Space telescopes have pioneered the discovery of planets around other stars. Future versions will analyze these planets' atmospheres for signs of possible life.

The Searchers: How Will NASA Look for Signs of Life Beyond Earth?
The Searchers: How Will NASA Look for Signs of Life Beyond Earth?
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Neighboring Star's Bad Behavior: Large and Frequent Flares

April 23, 2021

Our nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri, has a bad habit: frequently erupting in potentially damaging flares.

Neighboring Star's Bad Behavior: Large and Frequent Flares
Neighboring Star's Bad Behavior: Large and Frequent Flares
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Fast-Spinning Brown Dwarfs May Reveal a Rotational Speed Limit

April 7, 2021

Using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope, scientists have identified the three fastest-spinning brown dwarfs ever found. More massive than most planets but not quite heavy enough to ignite like stars, brown dwarfs are cosmic in-betweeners. And though they aren’t as well known as stars and planets to most people, they are thought to number in the billions in our galaxy.

Fast-Spinning Brown Dwarfs May Reveal a Rotational Speed Limit
Fast-Spinning Brown Dwarfs May Reveal a Rotational Speed Limit
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Roman Telescope Predicted to Find 100,000 Transiting Planets

March 31, 2021

NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will create enormous cosmic panoramas, helping us answer questions about the evolution of our universe. Astronomers also expect the mission to find thousands of planets using two different techniques as it surveys a wide range of stars in the Milky Way.

Roman Telescope Predicted to Find 100,000 Transiting Planets
Roman Telescope Predicted to Find 100,000 Transiting Planets
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Space Telescope Delivers the Goods: 2,200 Possible Planets

March 23, 2021

A newly published catalog reveals 2,200 new exoplanet candidates, found in data captured by TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite.

Space Telescope Delivers the Goods: 2,200 Possible Planets
Space Telescope Delivers the Goods: 2,200 Possible Planets
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Distant Planet May Be On Its Second Atmosphere, NASA's Hubble Finds

March 11, 2021

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have found evidence that a planet orbiting a distant star that may have lost its atmosphere but gained a second one through volcanic activity.

Distant Planet May Be On Its Second Atmosphere, NASA's Hubble Finds
Distant Planet May Be On Its Second Atmosphere, NASA's Hubble Finds
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Life in the Universe: What are the Odds?

March 9, 2021

We don't know when, or even if, we'll find life beyond Earth, but NASA scientists continue the hunt among the thousands of exoplanets confirmed in the galaxy so far.

Life in the Universe: What are the Odds?
Life in the Universe: What are the Odds?
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NASA's TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Young Stars

February 12, 2021

An international team of astronomers discover a trio of hot worlds larger than Earth orbiting a much younger version of our Sun called TOI 451.

NASA's TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Young Stars
NASA's TESS Discovers New Worlds in a River of Young Stars
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