Earth-size, habitable-zone planet found hidden in early NASA Kepler data

Exoplanet illustration (stock image; elements furnished by NASA).Credit: © sdecoret / Adobe Stock A team of transatlantic scientists, using reanalyzed data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, has discovered an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star’s habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water.advertisement Scientists discovered this planet, called Kepler-1649c, […]

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NASA planet hunter finds Earth-size habitable-zone world

This illustration of TOI 700 d is based on several simulated environments for an ocean-covered version of the planet.Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence […]

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe sheds new light on the sun

In August 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launched to space, soon becoming the closest-ever spacecraft to the Sun. With cutting-edge scientific instruments to measure the environment around the spacecraft, Parker Solar Probe has completed three of 24 planned passes through never-before-explored parts of the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona. On Dec. 4, 2019, four new papers […]

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NASA finds Neptune moons locked in ‘dance of avoidance’

Screenshot of animation illustrating how the odd orbits of Neptune’s inner moons Naiad and Thalassa enable them to avoid each other as they race around the planet.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Even by the wild standards of the outer solar system, the strange orbits that carry Neptune’s two innermost moons are unprecedented, according to newly published research.advertisement Orbital […]

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