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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...

Space Sunflower May Help Snap Pictures of Planets

A spacecraft that looks like a giant sunflower might one day be used to acquire images of Earth-like rocky planets around nearby stars. The...

Kepler Team Marks Five Years in Space

Exactly five years ago, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in...

National Space Club Honors Kepler’s Planet Hunters

NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honored with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National...

Out of this world first light images emerge from Gemini Planet...

After nearly a decade of development, construction and testing, the world's most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets orbiting around other stars...

One thousand exoplanets in two decades

The milestone of 1,000 confirmed exoplanets was surpassed today after twenty-one years of discoveries. The long-established and well-known Extrasolar Planet Encyclopedia now lists 1,010 confirmed exoplanets....

Scientists generate first map of clouds on an exoplanet

On the exoplanet Kepler 7b, the weather is highly predictable, an international team of scientists has found: On any given day, the exoplanet, which...

Waking up to a new year: Exoplanet orbits its star in...

In the time it takes you to complete a single workday, or get a full night’s sleep, a small fireball of a planet 700...

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...

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