Kepler helps count Earth-like planets around sun-like stars

Scientists used data from the Kepler space telescope to better estimate the rate of Earth-like planets near stars similar to our sun.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
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Dead planet cores ‘broadcast’ long after their sun burns out

Scientists plan to "tune into" the radio signals to hunt for exoplanets around white dwarf stars.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Aug. 6, 2019 | futurity
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300 stars show our solar system may be special

"Given what we and other surveys have seen so far, our solar system doesn't look like other solar systems..."

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | June 21, 2019 | futurity
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Young ‘hot Jupiter’ offers clues to how planets form

"The most valuable way to learn how planets form is to study planets, like CI Tau b, that are either still forming or have just formed."

Jade Boyd-Rice | June 11, 2019 | futurity
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Why super-Earths orbit super close to their stars

New simulations suggest why super-Earths are often so close to their host star, where there doesn't seem to be enough solid material to form a planet, let alone a big one.

Matt Swayne-Penn State | May 12, 2019 | futurity
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TRAPPIST-1’s ‘habitable’ planets might be lousy for life

A shower of high-energy particles and nearby planets' gravitational pull may make planets in the "habitable zone" of the TRAPPIST-1 system anything but.

Emily Walla-Arizona | April 21, 2019 | futurity
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‘Starquakes’ help reveal hot, Saturn-sized planet

Researchers have discovered a new planet that's about the size of Saturn, but much hotter.

Mike Krapfl-Iowa State | April 1, 2019 | futurity
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How old is Earth’s inner core? We finally know

Our planet is 4.5 billion years old, but its inner core may be a lot younger.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester | Jan. 31, 2019 | futurity
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Nope, oxygen on exoplanets doesn’t always mean life

New research debunks the conventional wisdom that oxygen and organic compounds in the atmosphere are strong evidence of alien life.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins | Dec. 17, 2018 | futurity
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Baby ‘super-Earths’ may have carved holes in planet-making disks

Holes in a protoplanetary disk suggest young super-Earth exoplanets may be forming near young stars in greater numbers than scientists thought.

Daniel Stolte-Arizona | Dec. 17, 2018 | futurity
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