exoplanets

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Only that short of GPS

This is great: now you don’t have to get lost on an exoplanet as well, because astronomers have provided a map for its surface. No, really – have a look: "For the first time, astronomers…


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COROT finds its first exoplanet

It has become clear that, to find an exoplanet, you simply watch any star and observe it long enough to detect a planet orbiting it. What we have found until now is mostly big gaseous…


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Another Earth found?

Astronomers have found an Earthsize plane around red dwarf Gliese 581. Artist’s impression of the planetary system around the red dwarf Gliese 581. Using the instrument HARPS on the ESO 3.6-m telescope, astronomers have uncovered…


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Spitzer finds elements in atmosphere of exoplanet

Yet another ‘dramatic step’. Please cut the hyperbole. Without that, it’s impressive enough on its own. The Spitzer Space Telescope has determined some elements making up one exoplanet. ‘The data indicate the two planets are…


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COROT on the lookout for exoplanets

COROT is up in the air – or better, above the air. The spacecraft contains a small telescope which will go hunting for "exoplanets". Strange enough it is little known that we already found about…