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NASA's exoplanet hunter gathers bizarre worlds and exploding stars

The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite is designed to hunt exoplanets near our solar system. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center / Published by MIT SEATTLE, Washington Just nine months after NASA's launch, NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has found at least eight planets, with more than 300 Planet candidates wait for the wings. A bizarre planet unveiled on January 23, …

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WASP-69b, the exoplanet with a tail | space

<! – -> The artist's concept for the exoplanet WASP-69b, whose orbit should be with a comet-like helium tail in the background. Picture via Gabriel Perez Diaz / IAC. Planets and comets are two very different things. The planets are massive enough to have enough gravity to pull themselves into the shape of round balls. The nuclei of the comets …

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Announced start slot for exoplanet mission

The characterizing exoplanet satellite Cheops will be launched from 15 October to 14 November 2019. Cheops will take off from the European spaceport in Kourou with a Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace and launch into space together with a satellite is part of the Italian Cosmo-SkyMed constellation. The two satellites separate soon after the rise in their own orbits. Cheops …

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Exoplanet stepping stones

Artist's impression based on published scientific data on the HR 8799 solar system. The magenta planet HR 8799c is in the foreground. Compared to Jupiter, this gas giant is about seven times larger and has a 20 percent larger radius. The planetary companions of HR 8799c, d and b, are in the background, circling their guest star. Picture credits: W. …

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Baby exoplanet weighed for the first time

A look at the Beta Pictoris system with the 3.6 meter telescope of the European Southern Observatory and the NACO instrument on ESO's 8.2 meter Very Large Telescope, the hosts the youngest ever-weighed exoplanet. The planet, Beta Pictoris b, is 226 times younger than the solar system at 20 million years old Credit: ESO / A-M. Lagrange et al. Astronomers …

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This Ultrahot Exoplanet has metallic skies

For the first time, astronomers have found iron and titanium in the atmosphere of a planet outside the solar system. The exoplanet named KELT-9b is the hottest alien world ever discovered. The planet is so burning, it's even hotter than most stars. This smoldering exoplanet, about 620 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus, is what astronomers call an "ultra-high …

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