University of Arizona researchers snapped images of a planet outside our solar system with an Earth-based telescope using essentially the same type of imaging sensor found in digital cameras instead of an infrared detector. 203 more words
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Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies above Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida to find planets around other stars, called exoplanets, in search of potentially habitable worlds. 159 more words
Although liquid water covers a majority of Earth’s surface, scientists are still searching for planets outside of our solar system that contain water. Researchers at Caltech and several other institutions have used a new technique to analyze the gaseous atmospheres of such extrasolar planets and have made the first detection of water in the atmosphere of the Jupiter-mass planet orbiting the nearby star tau Boötis. 198 more words
The search for exoplanets requires a number of sophisticated tools, but none is more advanced, or sophistiated than the Kepler space telescope. Focusing its telescopic eye on distant suns, Kepler watches for the minute dimming of their light. 305 more words
Studies of weather on a distant world – where it rains molten iron – could aid our understanding other solar systems.
Edinburgh researchers have helped map the surface of a brown dwarf – an object larger than a planet and smaller than a star – for the first time. 25 more words
A team of researchers led by Justin R. Crepp, the Freimann Assistant Professor of Physics at the University of Notre Dame, has directly imaged a very rare type of brown dwarf that can serve as a benchmark for studying objects with masses that lie between stars and planets. 100 more words