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“Extrasolar Planets”

Apr 27, 2016 04:00 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
Learn more about the strange new class of planets that wander alone in the galaxy.
Apr 19, 2016 02:21 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Computer analysis of the wobble of a nearby star may have turned up evidence for a small, Earth-sized world -- but don't get too excited about it being habitable.
Apr 11, 2016 06:00 AM ET // Irene Klotz
Just as NASA’s Kepler space telescope was to begin a unique survey of planets without parent stars, ground control teams discovered the observatory had put itself into emergency mode due to an unknown technical problem.
Apr 11, 2016 02:07 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Communications with the Kepler space telescope have been resumed and hopes are high that the embattled mission will soon get back to the business of finding alien worlds.
Apr 1, 2016 06:06 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
An exoplanet has been discovered in a very strange star system more bizarre than most science fiction storylines.
Mar 30, 2016 07:13 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Astronomers have, for the first time, mapped a nearby 'super-Earth' exoplanet to find that one hemisphere is almost completely molten rock, while the other half is almost completely solid.
Mar 11, 2016 01:00 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
How the heck can we find, let alone communicate with, extraterrestrial intelligences when there's billions of potentially life-friendly planets to survey?
Feb 16, 2016 12:05 PM ET // Elizabeth Howell
For the first time, a super-Earth's atmosphere has been analyzed -- but don't make any vacation plans to visit.
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