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Jun 25, 2015 05:47 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A planet about the size of Neptune but situated 33 times closer to its parent star than Earth orbits the sun is losing its atmosphere, forming a fat, comet-like tail in the process.
Jun 15, 2015 07:03 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Many thunderstorms in Saturn's atmosphere could be driving the gas giant's vast polar cyclones, according to new simulations inspired by observations from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Jun 11, 2015 02:10 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Although our solar system doesn't contain gas giants with thick atmospheres enriched with helium, observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggests the galaxy may be strewn with these planetary oddities.
May 26, 2015 01:02 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
The stellar runts of the galaxy probably aren't so great for nurturing Earth-like worlds, say scientists running new simulations of the formation of planets around a variety of stars.
May 13, 2015 08:06 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
By tracking the phases of six exoplanets, astronomers have tracked their daily weather cycles for the first time.
May 5, 2015 10:20 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have revealed wild atmospheric changes on a well studied exoplanet -- changes that could be driven by extreme volcanic activity.
May 4, 2015 04:00 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
It's Star Wars Day! So take a look back over some of our favorite Star Wars-related Discovery News space stories.
May 4, 2015 08:15 AM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
Astronomers have discovered two new alien worlds a bit larger than Earth circling a nearby star.
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