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New planets named in public poll

Every so often the International Astronomical Union goes through the process of naming new planets. For the recent round, several planets have been nominated, voted on, and ultimately named by the public.

New Earth-type planet spotted by Kepler telescope

It was confirmed a few hours back at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society that the Kepler Space Telescope has located another eight new planets, making a total of more than 1,000 new planets located to date. One Earth-like planet caused a buzz.

Amateur planet hunters find evidence of 42 new exoplanets

A team of amateur astronomers have discovered evidence for 42 new exoplanets or alien planets. One of the planets is a Jupiter-size world that is potentially habitable. They made the discovery while sifting through data from a NASA spacecraft.

Lost in Space: Orphaned planet may help explain planet formation

Using the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope, astronomers have discovered an orphaned planet meandering through space without a parent star or solar system.

NASA scientists answer questions about 'Tyche' claims

Pasadena - Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released comprehensive answers relating to a recent proposal by astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire about the existence of a large planet in the outer part of the solar system.

Two Old Stars Are Acting Like They Are New

A second wave of planet formation appears to be taking place around two older stars, BP Piscium and TYCHO 4144 329 2, possibly billions of years after planets would have initially formed around them.
 

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Artists impression of Kepler Space Telescope
Artists impression of Kepler Space Telescope
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Artist s impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
Artist's impression of possible wandering exoplanet designated CFBDSIR2149
European Southern Observatory

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