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Jul 30, 2015 12:55 PM ET
Recently, NASA’s Kepler space telescope discovered the most Earth-like planet yet! Is it really just like us, or should we maybe dial down our excitement?
Jul 30, 2015 09:00 PM ET // AFP
Astronomers said Thursday they had found a planetary system with three super-Earths orbiting a bright, dwarf star -- one of them likely a volcanic world of molten rock.
Jul 23, 2015 09:00 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Thursday was a red letter day for exoplanet astronomers -- it was the day that marked the announcement of the discovery of Kepler-452b, an alien world that possesses more Earth-like traits than any exoplanet discovered before it.
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.
Mar 20, 2015 12:40 PM ET
Earth is in what's called the habitable zone. It's far enough from the sun that it doesn't get fried, and close enough that it gets the best of its warmth. We like to think we're special for this, but it turns out we might be pretty run of the mill.
Mar 18, 2015 08:30 AM ET // Irene Klotz
A study based on 151 multi-planetary systems found by NASA's Kepler space telescope shows that most have a planet -- or two or three.
Jan 27, 2015 11:28 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Astronomers have found an ancient, more compact version of our solar system, which could have implications for the search of extraterrestrial life.
Jan 7, 2015 02:50 PM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered its 1,000th alien planet, further cementing the prolific exoplanet-hunting mission's status as a space-science legend.
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