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Astronomers discover 7 potentially habitable exoplanets orbiting nearby dwarf star
An international team of astronomers has discovered seven potentially habitable exoplanets -- or planets outside our solar system -- that could have liquid water on their surfaces, according to a paper published today in the journal Nature. "The discovery gives us a hint that finding a second Earth
Potentially Habitable Planet Discovered
The planet has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface.
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Discovers Youngest Planet Observed
Kepler, NASA 's planet-hunting space telescope, has discovered what is believed to be the youngest fully-formed exoplanet ever detected, shedding new light on the early stages of planet formation. The Neptune-sized newborn exoplanet, known formally as K2-33b, is estimated to be 5 to 10 million
Stephen Hawking and Billionaire Team Up on $100 Million Quest to Find Alien Life
Stephen Hawking and Russian billionaire Yuri Milner are teaming up in a $100 million hunt for alien life that will rely on a fleet of postage stamp-sized spacecraft to explore the universe. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will also join Milner and Hawking on the board of Breakthrough Starshot, a
NASA Racing to Fix Spacecraft That's Stuck in Emergency Mode
NASA discovered last week that the Kepler spacecraft, initially launched in 2009 to discover Earth-sized planets orbiting other stars, had kicked into emergency mode in deep space, prompting efforts on Earth to recalibrate the unmanned observatory.
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Earth -Like Planet
The 6 billion-year-old planet, dubbed Kepler-452b, travels in an earth-like orbit around a sun-like star.
NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Earth's Bigger, Older Cousin
NASA says we're on our way to discovering Earth 2.0. The Kepler Space Telescope has located a planet and star closely resembling Earth and the Sun, NASA officials said. The newly discovered planet, which NASA has named Kepler-452b, is believed to be 6 billion years old -- making it about 1.5
Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet Hints at 'Super Earth' in Far Reaches of Solar System
There's more to the solar system beyond Pluto's orbit. Researchers have discovered a new dwarf planet nearly 7.5 billion miles away from the sun. Even more intriguing, the discovery suggests the possibility of a "Super Earth" -- objects several times the mass of the Earth -- orbiting the sun at
Earth-Like Planets May Be 'Next Door' in Milky Way
You may look out on a starry night and get a lonely feeling, but astronomers now say our Milky Way galaxy may be thick with planets much like Earth -- perhaps 4.5 billion of them, according to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Astronomers looked at data from NASA's Kepler space
Galaxy Has 100 Billion Planets, Including 'Star Wars' Lookalike
Astronomers, Reporting New Finds, Say There Is More Evidence We Are Not Alone