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First Cloudless Exoplanet Discovered
May 08, 2018
Galaxy

First Cloudless Exoplanet Discovered

So, an international team of scientists has discovered for the first time a cloudless exoplanet, WASP-96b. The sodium shines brightly in this world. Here’s the story. Hot gas giants outside of our solar system are rich in sodium, which is the seventh-most common element in the universe. But the clouds that dominate the...

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TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets might be Covered in Water
February 07, 2018
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TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets might be Covered in Water

The TRAPPIST-1 planets’ are all closer to their home star than Mercury is to the Sun. Three of them might be “habitable zone” where liquid water could exist. TRAPPIST-1 has at least seven planets, all small enough to be Earth-like. In two papers released this week, teams of scientists talked about what their atmospheres...

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The Definition of a ‘Planet’ Might be Changed
January 24, 2018
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The Definition of a ‘Planet’ Might be Changed

Astrophysicist proposes a new definition of a Planet. At present, there’s confusion regarding whether the biggest planets really are planets. Kevin Schlaufman, an astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University, has brought up a new definition in a paper published in the Astrophysical Journal on Monday. He suggests...

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NASA is Planning an Exoplanet Expedition by 2069
December 30, 2017
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NASA is Planning an Exoplanet Expedition by 2069

NASA is in its early stages of sending a probe to an exoplanet by 2069. The probe will travel several light years away to the Centauri system. So, NASA has a lot to do to achieve their ambitious plans. The expedition is set to mark the 100th anniversary of its first crewed Moon landing, Apollo 11. The basic outline of this...

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Monster Planet Found Orbiting Tiny Star Leaves Astronomers Baffled
November 01, 2017
Galaxy

Monster Planet Found Orbiting Tiny Star Leaves Astronomers Baffled

An international collaboration of researchers found a monster planet orbiting a tiny star. So, astronomers might rethink their theories of how planets form. This monster planet, known as NGTS-1b, is the size of Jupiter. It orbits an ultracool dwarf star half the size of the sun. The planet NGTS-1b lies 600 light-years from our...

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Top 4 Potentially Habitable Planets
June 05, 2017
Galaxy

Top 4 Potentially Habitable Planets

This is a list of some of the exoplanets that are more likely to have a rocky composition and maintain surface liquid water. Potentially habitable. And the list goes as the following: 4. Kepler-452b Differently known as (KOI-7016.01) is an exoplanet orbiting the Sun-like star Kepler-452. It’s about 1,400 light-years...

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The 5 Largest Exoplanets So Far Discovered
June 04, 2017
Entertainment

The 5 Largest Exoplanets So Far Discovered

We have made a list of the five largest exoplanets so far discovered around the Universe. Also, all of the following planets are larger than Jupiter. The largest planet in our Solar System is Jupiter. Since gas weighs much less than a rock, and gravity is the reason planets form, gas giant planets are much larger than rocky...

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A Waterworld Exoplanet With Clouds
June 04, 2017
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A Waterworld Exoplanet With Clouds

Astronomers have discovered a warm Neptune-sized waterworld exoplanet that appears to have water and clouds. The planet is called HAT-P-26b. This waterworld exoplanet is orbiting a dwarf-star approximately 437 light-years from Earth. Also, the planet is thought to have an atmosphere composed entirely of hydrogen and helium....

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Proxima Centauri With Its Possibly Habitable Planet Are Closest To Earth
May 26, 2017
Galaxy

Proxima Centauri With Its Possibly Habitable Planet Are Closest To Earth

Proxima Centauri, differently called Alpha Centauri C is a red dwarf, a small low-mass star, about 4.2 light-years from the Sun in the constellation of Centaurus. This star is the nearest one to the sun, but as it is so small and dim we cannot see it with the naked eye. The Scottish astronomer Robert Innes, the Director of...

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