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  • Top exoplanet finds of 2013

    01/04/2014 9:14:30 AM PST · by Farnsworth · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | Dec 28, 2013 | Ashley Yeager
    1. The Earthiest Kepler-78b is most similar to Earth in mass, diameter and composition; it could be made of rock with an iron core. But it’s no Earth analog, whizzing around its star in 8.5 hours, with temperatures exceeding 2,000° Celsius (SN Online: 10/30/13). 2. The wettest HR 8799c’s atmosphere lacks methane, which could signal life, but does have water and carbon monoxide (SN: 4/6/13, p. 5). Water has also been found in the atmospheres of WASP-17b, HD209458b, WASP-12b, WASP-19b and XO-1b. 3. The rogue Planetary candidate PSO J318.5-22 has no parent star. The object is roughly six times the...
  • Planet Found With Comet-like Tail

    07/21/2010 5:56:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Nat Geo ^ | July 15, 2010
    HD 209458b, shown in red in an artist's conception, is the first confirmed "cometary planet," experts say. Image courtesy G. Bacon, NASA/ESAAn alien planet orbits so close to its star that its atmosphere is being blasted away, forming a gaseous, comet-like tail, astronomers announced Thursday. (Related: "Odd Star Sheds Comet-like Tail.") About 153 light-years from Earth, planet HD 209458b hugs its star so tightly that the planet's atmosphere is likely a scorching 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit (1,093 degrees Celsius) an a year passes in just 3.5 days—making Mercury's 88-day orbit seem downright leisurely.That tight orbit also means this gas giant—meaning...
  • Scorched Alien Planet Has a Comet Tail (153 light-years from Earth)

    07/15/2010 1:40:32 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Space.com ^ | 7/15/10 | Clara Moskowitz
    A scorched alien planet is flying so close to its parent star that its atmosphere is being swept off it in a glowing tail like some sort of giant comet, NASA announced Thursday. The existence of the planet and its strange tail, which was suggested in previous studies, was confirmed recently by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. These new observations of the gas giant planet, called HD 209458b, suggest strong winds from its nearby star are blowing the atmosphere off the scorched world and shaping it into a comet-like tail. "Since 2003 scientists have theorized the lost mass is being pushed...
  • Waterless planets surprise astronomers

    02/21/2007 11:40:53 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,487+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/21/07 | Seth Borenstein - ap
    WASHINGTON - Scientists taking their first "sniffs of air" from planets outside our solar system are a bit baffled by what they didn't find: water. One of the more basic assumptions of astronomy is that the two distant, hot gaseous planets they examined must contain water in their atmospheres. The two suns the planets orbit closely have hydrogen and oxygen, the stable building blocks of water. These planets' atmospheres — examined for the first time using light spectra to determine the air's chemical composition — are supposed to be made up of the same thing, good old H2O. But when...
  • Spitzer Sees Light From Faraway Worlds

    02/21/2007 9:46:38 PM PST · by neverdem · 19 replies · 597+ views
    RedOrbit ^ | 2007/02/21 | NA
    Spitzer Sees Light From Faraway Worlds NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify signatures of molecules in their atmospheres. The landmark achievement is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets and comes years before astronomers had anticipated. "This is an amazing surprise," said Spitzer project scientist Dr. Michael Werner of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "We had no idea when we designed Spitzer that it would make such a dramatic step in characterizing exoplanets." Spitzer, a...
  • Alien Light: Taking The Spectra Of Extrasolar Planets

    02/23/2007 4:13:43 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Science News ^ | 2-23-2007 | Ron Cowen
    Alien Light: Taking the spectra of extrasolar planets Ron Cowen Astronomers have for the first time recorded the spectra of light emitted by two extrasolar planets. This achievement provides a new, direct way to analyze the atmosphere of alien worlds light-years from Earth. OBSCURED ORB. Clouds may sheathe the atmosphere of some extrasolar planets, masking the presence of water vapor at lower altitudes, as in this artist's depiction. JPL-Caltech/NASA Obtained by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the infrared spectra represent a milestone in the study of distant planets, says David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. Both...
  • First Map of an Extrasolar Planet

    05/10/2007 7:45:46 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 3 replies · 398+ views
    CFA ^ | 05/09/07
    First Map of an Extrasolar Planet Cambridge, MA - For the first time, astronomers have created a rough map of a planet orbiting a distant sun-like star, employing a technique that may one day enable mapping of Earth-like worlds. Since the planet just charted is a gas giant and lacks a solid surface, the map shows cloud-top features. Using the Spitzer infrared space telescope, astronomers detected a bright hot spot that is offset from "high noon," where heating is greatest. "We are getting our first good look at a completely alien world," said Heather Knutson, a graduate student at Harvard...
  • Water Found in Extrasolar Planet's Atmosphere (planet HD209458b)

    04/10/2007 12:23:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,433+ views
    Space.com on Yahoo ^ | 4/10/07 | Ker Than
    Astronomers have detected water in the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system for the first time. The finding, to be detailed in an upcoming issue of Astrophysical Journal, confirms previous theories that say water vapor should be present in the atmospheres of nearly all the known extrasolar planets. Even hot Jupiters, gaseous planets that orbit closer to their stars than Mercury to our Sun, are thought to have water. The discovery, announced today, means one of the most crucial elements for life as we know it can exist around planets orbiting other stars. 'We know that water vapor...
  • First Sign Of Water Found On An Alien World

    04/10/2007 3:43:18 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 776+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-10-2007 | David Shiga
    First sign of water found on an alien world 22:07 10 April 2007 NewScientist.com news service David Shiga Water has been detected in the atmosphere of an alien world for the first time, a new analysis of Hubble Space Telescope data suggests. Water was widely believed to exist on the planet, but previous observations with other telescopes had failed to find it. The planet, called HD 209458b, is about 70% as massive as Jupiter and is scorched by the heat of its parent star, which it orbits 9 times as close as Mercury does to the Sun. Because it is...
  • Too Close For Comfort: Hubble Discovers An Evaporating Planet

    03/14/2003 6:03:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 497+ views
    Science Daily ^ | FR Post 3-15-03 | Editorial Staff
    Source: Space Telescope Science Institute Date: 2003-03-14 Too Close For Comfort: Hubble Discovers An Evaporating PlanetFor the first time, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have observed the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet evaporating off into space. Much of the planet may eventually disappear, leaving only a dense core. The planet is a type of extrasolar planet known as a "hot Jupiter." These giant gaseous planets orbit their parent stars very closely, drawn to them like moths to a flame. The scorched planet, called HD 209458b, orbits only 4 million miles (7 million kilometers) from its yellow, Sun-like star....
  • X-Planets ( extrasolar planets, and the various planets X )

    06/09/2006 10:50:42 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 130 replies · 5,485+ views
    Our Tiny Little Minds ^ | various | self et al
    New Scientist for Dec 14, 2002, had a cover story for Planet X: The Hunt for Planet X by Heather Couperand Nigel HenbestJust over a year after the New Horizons' launch, it will... pick up enough velocity to reach Pluto, possibly as early as July 2015... In their new research, Melita and Brunini have explored three possible reasons for the Kuiper Cliff... The third possibility is that the region beyond was brushed clear by the gravity of Planet X... the KBO orbits they have investigated so far fit in best with the influence of a Planet X.
  • Great Collection of SPACE Links

    03/09/2005 2:15:07 PM PST · by vannrox · 21 replies · 3,366+ views
    Hall of Science ^ | 2-9-05 | Editorial Staff
    This Page is http://www.lhs.berkeley.edu/SII/URLs/URLs-Astronomy.htmlVisit this site yourself... http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org/sii/SIImorelinks.html ASTRONOMY URLs: If you find any of these links no longer operating (after repeated tries--not just first try), please notify Alan Gould <agould--@--uclink.berkeley.edu> [delete dashes] Please include name of non-operative link as well as the name of this page: URLs-Astronomy ASTRONOMY CLUBS -- ASTRONOMY COMPANIESASTRONOMY EDUCATIONASTRONOMY WEBSITES FOR KIDSCONSTELLATIONS -- ECLIPSES -- GALAXIESHISTORY OF ASTRONOMY -- IMAGES -- NASA SitesOBSERVATION AIDS -- OBSERVATORIES -- ORGANIZATIONSSOFTWARESOLAR SYSTEM/PLANETS (Asteroids, Comets, Meteors, Mars, Moon, Pluto, Saturn, Venus, Sun) SATELLITES An Astronomy Web Index (Astro Web) http://www.cv.nrao.edu/fits/www/astroweb.htmlYahoo's Index of Astronomy ResourcesAstronomy Picture of the Day http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/...
  • Hubble Probes Layer-cake Structure of Alien World's Atmosphere [HD 209458b]

    01/31/2007 11:23:00 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 281+ views
    HubbleSite ^ | January 31, 2007 | Donna Weaver/Ray Villard
    The planet, designated HD 209458b, is unlike any world in our solar system. It orbits so close to its star and gets so hot that its gas is streaming into space, making the planet appear to have a comet-like tail... The Hubble data show how intense ultraviolet radiation from the host star heats the gas in the upper atmosphere, inflating the atmosphere like a balloon. The gas is so hot that it moves very fast and escapes the planet's gravitational pull at a rate of 10,000 tons a second, more than three times the rate of water flowing over Niagara...