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Questions and Answers: Scientists model the atmosphere of an exoplanet

This artist's animation shows the exoplanet LHS 3844b, which is 1.3 times Earth's mass and orbits an M dwarf star. According to NASA Spitzer Space Telescope observations, the surface of the planet may be mostly covered in dark lava rock without any sense of atmosphere. NASA sharpener In search of life beyond our galaxy, many scientists have their eyes fixed …

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Earth is an exoplanet for aliens. That's what they would see

The study of exoplanets has matured significantly in the last decade. During this time, most of the more than 4,000 exoplanets we know are currently being discovered. During this time, the process began to shift from the discovery process to characterization. In addition, next-generation instruments will enable studies that tell a great deal about the surfaces and atmospheres of exoplanets. …

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NASA sees the surface of a rocky exoplanet in the distance

NASA Spitzer Space Telescope data has given scientists a first look into the conditions on the surface of a rocky exoplanet outside the solar system. The planet LHS 3844b is located 48.6 light-years from Earth and has a 1.3 times the radius of the Earth after NASA. The exoplanet, orbiting a small star known as the M dwarf, was first …

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This scorching, football-shaped exoplanet lets heavy metals into space

Scientists have discovered a football-shaped planet known as WASP121-b. The planet orbits a star that is brighter and hotter than the sun at such close intervals that the planet is almost torn apart by the gravity of the tides. Credit: NASA, ESA and J. Olmsted (STScI) Nine hundred light-years from Earth, there is a football-shaped planet so hot that heavy …

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NASA readies NUCLEAR FUSION-powered spacecraft for alien exoplanet hunt | Science | News

NASA's Kepler Telescope has spotted thousands of exoplanets – worlds outside our solar system – this year alone. Tantalizing hopes for finding alien life or habitable planets for future colonization. However, ambitions of exploring these planets are being frustrated due to the enormous distances involved. NASA contractor Princeton Satellite Systems Developing its nuclear fusion space engine Nuclear fusion is a …

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Scientists have discovered the most earth-like exoplanet

The CARMENES Surveying Team, a huge group of international astronomers, is looking for exoplanets near the habitable zones of distant stars. You may have just discovered the most earthly planet out there. Exoplanet discoveries are occurring all the time – there are an estimated hundreds of billions of planets throughout the universe. However, this particular planet has caught the attention …

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