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Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics announced

October 2019 has seen the announcement of the Nobel prizes for chemistry and physics. These are awarded for developments with lithium-ion batteries and for the hunt for new exoplanets.

From 'weirdo' PhD stargazer to Nobel Physics laureate

Paris - As a student astronomer scanning the skies with homemade instruments a quarter of a century ago, Didier Queloz spent months doubting the data that led him to an inescapable conclusion: he'd just discovered the first planet outside Earth's solar system....

Over 100 new exoplanets discovered

Using a combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes, scientists have revealed more than 100 new exoplanets. The discovery may prove useful for the search for life elsewhere in the universe.

Habitable planet found in solar system next door

Paris - Scientists Wednesday announced the discovery of an Earth-sized planet orbiting the star nearest our Sun, opening up the glittering prospect of a habitable world that may one day be explored by robots.

Earth-sized planet implies ancient solar system life

The Kepler Mission photometer discovered a Sun-like star system with five Earth-like planets transiting, ranging in size between Mercury and Venus and opening new scopes of implications.

Astronomy: Most precise measurement of exoplanet to date

Pasadena - Aided by two NASA telescopes, astronomers have made the most precise calculation yet of the size of an exoplanet — a planet outwith our solar system.

Oceans crucial as search for alien life gathers pace

Norwich - New research published Monday on the role of oceans could help determine whether other planets outwith our solar system are capable of developing and sustaining life.

Interesting exoplanet discovered

A new exoplanet, about a third the mass of Jupiter, which circles a sun-like star in about five days, has been discovered. The planet is of great interest to astronomers.

Pulsating star sheds light on exoplanet

New York - Scientists have devised a way to measure the internal properties of stars. The method also provides more accurate assessments of a star's orbiting planets.

Astronomers find evaporating exoplanet that may turn into dust

Cambridge - Scientists have recently discovered an exoplanet that is approximately 1,500 light years away. The exoplanet, though, will soon evaporate and turn into dust because it is orbiting quite close to its parent star.

International scientists discover new super-earth, GJ 667Cc

Washington - An international team of scientists has discovered a new super-earth located 22 light years away. The planet is a member of a triple-star system, consists of an orbital period of 28 days and has a minimum mass 4.5 times that of the Earth.

First planet originating from outside the Milky Way discovered

Astronomers using a telescope in Chile have discovered the first planet that originated from outside our galaxy, the Milky Way.

Weird distant planet has a warm spot 'in the wrong place'

Pasadena - Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a distant planet with a "warm spot in the wrong place". The gas giant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, orbits tightly around its star, with one face perpetually facing the star.

Planet with earth-like temperatures discovered

In March, 2010, the first planet outside of our solar system with temperatures comparable to Earth was discovered. The planet, Corot-9b, is the satellite of a star in the constellation Serpens.

European researcher discovers new exoplanet

The discovery of the lightest exoplanet – a planet beyond the solar system, orbiting a star other than the sun – has been announced by lead researcher Michel Mayor at the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere.

UK Research quantifies alien worlds

Research carried out by a University of Edinburgh scientist estimates that there are at least 361 intelligent civilisations in our Galaxy with the possibility that there may be as many as 38,000.
 

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NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet  named upsilon An...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
Artist impression of planet that astronomers believe to have discovered orbiting HIP13044
An artist s conception of the alien planet GJ 667Cc
An artist's conception of the alien planet GJ 667Cc
Carnegie Institute for Science
Artist’s conception of HIP 13044 and its exoplanet. A previously discovered metal-poor planetary s...
Artist’s conception of HIP 13044 and its exoplanet. A previously discovered metal-poor planetary system, it was formed in another galaxy that our own galaxy engulfed.
ESO/L. Calçada
This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the Sun-like star HD 85512 in the southern cons...
This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the Sun-like star HD 85512 in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sail)
European Southern Observatory
This graphic contains an image and illustration of a nearby star  named CoRoT-2a  which has a planet...
This graphic contains an image and illustration of a nearby star, named CoRoT-2a, which has a planet in close orbit around it.
NASA
Artist s depiction of Jupiter-like exoplanet in a solar system far far away.
Artist's depiction of Jupiter-like exoplanet in a solar system far far away.
Latitude0116 / Wikimedia Commons
TrES-2b
TrES-2b
David Aguilar (CfA)
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22  a star system containing the first  habitab...
This diagram compares our own solar system to Kepler-22, a star system containing the first "habitable zone" planet discovered by NASA's Kepler mission. The habitable zone is the sweet spot around a star where temperatures are right for water to exist in its liquid form. Liquid water is essential for life on Earth. (NASA)
NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech
An artist s conception of the alien planet GJ 667Cc
An artist's conception of the alien planet GJ 667Cc
Carnegie Institute for Science
If an alien civilization builds brightly-lit cities like those shown in this artist s conception  fu...
If an alien civilization builds brightly-lit cities like those shown in this artist's conception, future generations of telescopes might allow us to detect them. This would offer a new method of searching for extraterrestrial intelligence elsewhere in our Galaxy.
David A. Aguilar (CfA)
This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the Sun-like star HD 85512 in the southern cons...
This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the Sun-like star HD 85512 in the southern constellation of Vela (The Sail)
European Southern Observatory
Artist s impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
Artist's impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
European Southern Observatory
Artist s impression of PG0843+516  a white dwarf star surrounded by Earthlike planetary remains.
Artist's impression of PG0843+516, a white dwarf star surrounded by Earthlike planetary remains.
Mark A. Garlick / space-art.co.uk / University of Warwick
NASA s Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet  named upsilon An...
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is not under the glare of its host star as might be expected.
Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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