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Discovery Alert: With Six New Worlds, 5,500 Discovery Milestone Passed!

4 min read Discovery Alert: With Six New Worlds, 5,500 Discovery Milestone Passed! NASA’s Exoplanet Archive confirmed four new worlds, bringing the total past 5,500. On Aug. 24, 2023, more than three decades after the first confirmation of planets beyond our own solar system, scientists announced the discovery of six new exoplanets, stretching that number […]

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NASA’s Webb Reveals Long-Studied Star Is Actually Twins

5 min read Preparations for Next Moonwalk Simulations Underway (and Underwater) Managed by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory through launch, Webb’s Mid-Infrared Instrument also revealed jets of gas flowing into space from the twin stars. Scientists recently got a big surprise from NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope when they turned the observatory toward a group of […]

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Coming in Hot — NASA’s Chandra Checks Habitability of Exoplanets

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Movie: Cal Poly Pomona/B. Binder; Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss This graphic shows a three-dimensional map of stars near the Sun. These stars are close enough that they could be prime targets for direct imaging searches for planets using future […]

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Arizona Students Go on an Exoplanet Watch 

2 min read Arizona Students Go on an Exoplanet Watch  The instructor, teaching assistant, and students from the online exoplanet research course meeting synchronously via Zoom. From left to right and top to bottom: Suber Corley, Molly Simon (instructor), Kimberly Merriam, Bradley Hutson, Elizabeth Catogni, Heather Hewitt (teaching assistant), Steve Marquez-Perez, Fred Noguer, Matthew Rice, […]

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NASA’s TESS Finds Intriguing World Sized Between Earth, Venus

5 min read NASA’s TESS Finds Intriguing World Sized Between Earth, Venus Using observations by NASA’s TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) and many other facilities, two international teams of astronomers have discovered a planet between the sizes of Earth and Venus only 40 light-years away. Multiple factors make it a candidate well-suited for further study […]