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NASA’s Kepler Telescope Discovers First Earth-Size Planet in ‘Habitable Zone’

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance...

First Earth-Size Planet Is Discovered in Another Star’s ‘Habitable Zone’

A team of astronomers that includes Penn State scientists has discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the...

Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes ‘spy’ one of the youngest galaxies...

An international team led by astronomers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and La Laguna University (ULL) has just completed the first...

NASA-Sponsored ‘Disk Detective’ Lets Public Search for New Planetary Nurseries

NASA is inviting the public to help astronomers discover embryonic planetary systems hidden among data from the agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) mission...

New technique measures mass of exoplanets

To date, scientists have confirmed the existence of more than 900 exoplanets circulating outside our solar system. To determine if any of these far-off...

New Explorer mission chooses the ‘just-right’ orbit

Principal Investigator George Ricker likes to call it the "Goldilocks orbit" — it's not too close to Earth and her Moon, and it's not...

Cosmic magnifying glasses could shed light on the origin of the...

The first gravitational lens, a phenomenon in which light from a distant object is bent around a massive foreground object, was discovered in 1979 by a team led by Dr. Dennis Walsh from The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory. Sin...

Goddard team obtains the ‘unobtainium’ for NASA’s next space observatory

Imagine building a car chassis without a blueprint or even a list of recommended construction materials. In a sense, that's precisely what a team of...

Can we spot volcanoes on alien worlds? Astronomers say yes

Volcanoes display the awesome power of Nature like few other events. Earlier this year, ash from an Icelandic volcano disrupted air travel throughout much of northern Europe. Yet this recent eruption pales next to the fury of Jupiter's moon Io...

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