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Exoplanets

Minute Physics: How to Find an Exoplanet

Minute Physics: How to Find an Exoplanet
How do scientists actually find exoplanets which may be orbiting a star millions of light years from Earth? It’s nearly impossible to find exoplanets simply by looking because they are tiny, far away, and dwarfed in brightness…

Best Photo Ever of an Alien Planet

Best Photo Ever of an Alien Planet
Stanford physicist Bruce Macintosh and his team have taken the best quality image ever of a planet outside our solar system.
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Exoplanets: The Nicest Neighborhoods in the Cosmos

Exoplanets: The Nicest Neighborhoods in the Cosmos
But what does it take for one of those exoplanets to be considered habitable? The SciShow takes a look at that question and chooses the nicest neighborhoods in the universe.

What Makes an Exoplanet Habitable?

What Makes an Exoplanet Habitable?
What does it take for an exoplanet to be considered habitable? This handy infographic from The Guardian walks through the various parameters necessary.

Is There Intelligent Life Beyond Earth?

Is There Intelligent Life Beyond Earth?
Joe Hanson of It's Okay to be Smart takes a look at how astronomers search for intelligent life on alien planets.

Hubble Finds Water on 5 Alien Planets

Hubble Finds Water on 5 Alien Planets
Thirsty? The Hubble Space Telescope has detected water in the atmospheres of five exoplanets. Unfortunately, the planets are 815 to 1,200 light-years from Earth.

How Kepler’s Second Light Will Work

How Kepler’s Second Light Will Work
NASA has revealed their Kepler Second Light plan which may allow Kepler to remain active and continue searching the heavens despite the loss of a second reaction wheel.

Beautiful Interactive Map of the Exoplanets

Beautiful Interactive Map of the Exoplanets
It's great fun to play with this interactive graph showing all known exoplanets and their position in the sky or, alternatively, their distance from the Sun.

Scientific American: Five Amazing Exoplanets

Scientific American: Five Amazing Exoplanets
Scientific American searches for the five most amazing exoplanets and they find some crazy ones to share.

Lonely, Free-Floating Planet Found

Lonely, Free-Floating Planet Found
Astronomers have discovered a free-floating planet that is unlike any other found before in that, while a young planet, it's not near a star where young planets typically form.

How Many Earths: An Interactive Guide

How Many Earths: An Interactive Guide
How many Earth-like planets are likely to exist in the universe? This interactive guide explains the process of estimating that number and provides the astounding answer.

How Do Astronomers Find Exo-Planets?

How Do Astronomers Find Exo-Planets?
Fraser Cain reveals the techniques used by astronomers to search for extrasolar planets, as well as the future missions that might be used in the hunt for other worlds.

Big Blue Marble: Exoplanet Has Blue Atmosphere

Big Blue Marble: Exoplanet Has Blue Atmosphere
HD 189733b is a Jupiter-size exoplanet 62 light years from Earth. Astronomers have confirmed it has blue skies. Along with temps up to 1,000 degrees Celsius and glass storms.
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