Astronomers say exoplanet was actually a dust cloud

The exoplanet Fomalhaut-b likely never was, say astronomers. Their work suggests an expanding cloud of dust instead.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona • futurity
April 21, 2020 ~8 min

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What exoplanets can tell us about Earth

"We don't only look at other planets to know what's out there. It's also a way for us to learn things about the planet that's under our own feet."

Josie Garthwaite-Stanford • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~10 min

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Eureka! Planet Finder validates Neptune-sized exoplanet

The Habitable-zone Planet Finder has confirmed the existence of an exoplanet that is likely close in size to Neptune, only 100 light years from Earth.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~5 min

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The proto-Earth formed in a cosmic minute and a half

The proto-Earth formed surprisingly quickly, new research shows. The finding ups the chance of finding water and life on other planets.

Anders Buch-Larsen-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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A year on this planet is just 18 hours. Will it soon die?

Exoplanet NGTS-10b is either "in the last stages of its life, or somehow it's able to live here longer than it should."

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
Feb. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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NASA mission finds its first exoplanet that may be habitable

Thanks to NASA's TESS spacecraft, scientists have discovered two amazing new worlds: A potentially habitable exoplanet and one with two suns.

U. Chicago • futurity
Jan. 13, 2020 ~7 min

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Exoplanets with magma oceans ‘eat’ their own skies

Why there are so few exoplanets larger than Neptune has puzzled scientists, but new research offers a possible answer.

Louise Lerner-Chicago • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~4 min

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Are we alone in the universe? This generation could finally find out

On this podcast episode, a planet hunter talks about our chances of finding alien life and other habitable worlds.

U. Chicago • futurity
Nov. 20, 2019 ~1 min

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Mysterious exoplanet shouldn’t exist where it is

An out-of-place exoplanet seems to have escaped being destroyed when its parent star began to die. New research sheds light on how that happened.

Peter Thorley-Warwick • futurity
Nov. 1, 2019 ~4 min

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Exoplanets show the role of uncertainty in science

The in-built uncertainty in science can be tricky for people who aren't researchers. Here, an expert explains how it applies in the search for exoplanets.

NC State • futurity
Sept. 18, 2019 ~8 min

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