Posts Tagged 'extrasolar'

Chemistry Might Influence Habitable Zones Around Extrasolar Systems

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Trace elements in extrasolar systems might influence the evolution of habitable zones around their stars, where carbon-based life as we know it might dwell. Most stars are made up of hydrogen and helium gas, but there still remain traces of heavier elements, like metals, that are inherited from the remnants of older stars or forged by stellar fusion.

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NASA’s Kepler Mission Discovers 11 New Extrasolar Systems with 26 Exoplanets

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NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered 11 new planetary systems, with an additional 26 confirmed planets, which actually doubles the number of verified Kepler planets and triples the number of stars known to have more than one planet. It’s hoped that such systems might elucidate how planets are formed.

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Extrasolar Planetary System Suggests Our Own Isn’t That Special

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NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered the three smallest exoplanets ever detected. All of them are smaller than Earth, and the smallest is no larger than Mars. These newly discovered exoplanets actually form a miniature planetary system, which orbits a cool, dim red dwarf star called KOI-961.

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