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In Planet Formation, It’s Location, Location, Location

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope are finding that planets have a tough time forming in the rough-and-tumble central region of the massive, crowded...

Researchers Find New Minor Planets Beyond Neptune

Using data from the Dark Energy Survey (DES), researchers have found more than 300 trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), minor planets located in the far reaches...

Exoplanet With 18-Hour Orbit Around Its Sun on Edge of Destruction

Astronomers have observed an exoplanet orbiting a star in just over 18 hours, the shortest orbital period ever observed for a planet of its...

First Water Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet

K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the Solar System, or "exoplanet," known...

Dead Planets Can ‘Broadcast’ for Up to a Billion Years

Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by "tuning in" to the radio waves that they emit. In...

Giant Planets Around Young Star Raise Questions About How Planets Form

Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter- and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets...

Is Pluto A Planet? New Research Suggests Yes

The reason Pluto lost its planet status is not valid, according to new research from the University of Central Florida. In 2006, the International...

The Absense of Phosphorus Places Doubt About Life on Other Planets

A distinct lack of the chemical element phosphorus in other parts of the Universe could make it very difficult for extra-terrestrial life to exist...

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