aug 242012
41 New Exoplanets Discovered!

  Two newly submitted studies verify 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. These results may increase the number of Kepler’s confirmed planets by more than 50 percent: to 116 planets hosted in 67 systems, over half of which contain more than one planet. The papers are currently under scientific peer-review. The diagram shows [continue reading]

apr 112012
Exoplanet orbits suggests that Solar System structure is the norm

The EXOEarths team (Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto – CAUP), in collaboration with Geneva University, did a joint analysis of data from the HARPS spectrograph and the Kepler satellite. This analysis revealed that the orbits of other planetary systems are aligned, like in a disk,  just like in our own Solar System.  Exoplanets [continue reading]

apr 032012
Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft is discovering a veritable avalanche of alien worlds. Recent finds include planets with double suns, massive “super-Earths” and “hot Jupiters,” and a miniature solar system. The variety of planets circling distant suns is as wonderful as it is surprising. As the numbers mount, it seems to be just a matter of time [continue reading]

feb 292012
Kepler space telescope finds 1,091 new exoplanet candidates

Above: The focal plane of the Kepler space telescope Nasa has announced that 1,091 new transiting extrasolar planet candidates have emerged in data received from planet-hunting space telescope, Kepler. It brings the total count up to 2,321 exoplanet candidates That number comes from data spanning May 2009 to September 2010, where nearly 5,000 periodic planetary transit-like signals (where a [continue reading]