okt 122012
 
The Girl's Best Friend Found: A Big Diamond Planet

  New research led by Yale University scientists suggests that a rocky planet twice Earth’s size orbiting a nearby star is a diamond planet. Family portraits of two planetary systems: A simulation of the silhouette of planet 55 Cancri e passing in front of  its parent star, compared to the Earth and Jupiter transiting our [continue reading]

mei 092012
 
Spitzer Sees the Light of Hot Alien "Super Earth"

  NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has detected light emanating from a “super-Earth” planet beyond our solar system for the first time. While the planet is not habitable, the detection is a historic step toward the eventual search for signs of life on other planets. Family portraits of two planetary systems: A simulation of the silhouette [continue reading]