New Planets

The huge, "puffy" planet has the same density as styrofoam.
(Story continues below image.) lllustration of the orbit of Kepler-432b (inner, red) in comparison to the orbit of Mercury
Instead, the astronomers found that the objects were more scattered than expected, orbiting at distances from 150 to 525
Kepler-438b is located 70 light-years from Earth and orbits its star every 35 days. The CfA astronomers say its diameter
Kepler searches for planets by measuring stellar brightness dips caused when a planet passes in front of a star, briefly
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Four of the planet candidates orbit in their sun's "habitable zone," meaning liquid water might exist on their surfaces, NASA
The discovery of new worlds, and the potential for further exploration of that final frontier, space, makes us think of our own limitations as well as our potential for trying to understand, and the impossibility of having or knowing it all when we want to.
Two independent teams of researchers took the latter tack to confirm the 41 new alien planets. They delved deep into the
Unless you think that life is highly improbable -- that in a galaxy filled with planets and the basic molecules of biology, life only seldom appears -- then it's hard to believe that all three of these theories will fail.
The newly discovered planets vary in size, with some only about 1.5 times the size of Earth and others bigger than Jupiter
"In the cosmic game of hide and seek, finding planets with just the right size and just the right temperature seems only
By contrast, Earth is about 150,000,000 km (93 million miles) from its own sun. The National Optical Astronomy Observatory
The Kepler 16 star system is nearly 200 times closer than Tatooine is reputed to be. But there's this difference: this planet is for real.
Astronomers peering into other galaxies have found something bizarre -- a black planet. NASA's Kepler spacecraft discovered
It's raining planets. Members of the science team for NASA's Kepler telescope announced the tentative discovery of more than 1,200 worlds orbiting distant stars. Of these, approximately four dozen are candidates for being Earth's doppelgangers.
Astronomers have discovered evidence of alien planets outside our own galaxy for the first time. Read more on Telegraph