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Orbital Physics Is Child's Play With 'Super Planet Crash'

A new game and online educational resources are offshoots of the open-source software package astronomers use to find planets beyond our solar system.

Super Planet Crash is a pretty simple game: players build their own planetary system, putting planets into orbit around a star and racking up points until they add a planet that destabilizes the whole system. 129 more words


Wouldn’t it be something…

The question of life outside of our planet has been one of great interest for a while in the scientific community. When considering extrasolar planets or planets outside of our solar system I often wonder if there is some other planet in another solar system that is much like ours. 67 more words


UK Joins The Planet Hunt As Government Pledges £25 Million To Europe’s PLATO Mission

The UK is set to play a leading role in the search for habitable planets orbiting alien stars, following David Willett’s announcement today (11 March 2014) that the UK Space Agency will invest £25 million in ESA’s PLATO mission. 109 more words


A Small Step Toward Discovering Habitable Earths

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


Kepler Marks Five Years In Space

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


Detection Of Water Vapor In The Atmosphere Of A Hot Jupiter

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


An Exoplanetary Tug of War

Not all stars are like our sun. Some are bigger, some are smaller, and many travel through the heavens with a companion in what’s called a binary system.  552 more words