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Dec 1, 2015 04:21 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
The Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft is 'working really well' despite changing its techniques due to mechanical problems.
Nov 27, 2015 05:57 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
A low-cost mission could soon be launched to directly observe the exoplanetary system in orbit around Alpha Centauri, one of the solar system's nearest stellar neighbors.
Nov 18, 2015 01:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
For the first time, astronomers have directly observed a planet in the making.
Nov 17, 2015 02:40 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
Ripple patterns in the dust around young stars may show off where giant planets are lurking.
Nov 17, 2015 07:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
In the search for Earth-like worlds beyond the solar system, Kepler-438b seems to have it all. Alas, its angry star is a poor host for any potential lifeforms.
Nov 16, 2015 12:28 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
We could find small planets close to Earth using a new technique being tested on our own sun.
Nov 13, 2015 12:40 PM ET // Irene Klotz
A pale blue dot may not be the only hint of life beyond the solar system. New research suggests astronomers pay attention to pale orange worlds as well, since they may resemble what Earth looked like earlier in its history.
Nov 14, 2015 07:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
A windy day on HD 189733b is nothing to take lightly.
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