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Building a list of Earth candidates

…from orbiting bodies. Based on these slight tugs, the researchers were able to estimate the planet’s mass. Artist’s rendition of Kepler spacecraft. Image: NASA/Kepler mission/Wendy Stenzel In the future, planetary…

Researchers discover that an exoplanet is Earth-like in mass and size

While too hot to support life, Kepler 78b is roughly the size of the Earth. In August, MIT researchers identified an exoplanet with an extremely brief…

New technique allows analysis of clouds around exoplanets

…temperatures in its atmosphere hover at around 1,700 kelvins. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft was designed to search for Earth-like planets orbiting other stars. It was pointed at a fixed patch of…

Newfound exoplanet may turn to dust

Researchers at MIT, NASA and elsewhere have detected a possible planet, some 1,500 light years away, that appears to be evaporating under the blistering heat of its parent…

NASA selects MIT-led TESS project for 2017 mission

…surveys with ground-based telescopes have mainly picked out giant exoplanets. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has recently uncovered the existence of many smaller exoplanets, but the stars Kepler examines are faint and…

MIT’s TESS project awarded $1 million NASA grant

…details about transiting exoplanets, from their orbits to their atmospheres and compositions. However, these telescopes mainly pick out giant exoplanets. NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has uncovered the existence of many smaller…

NASA’s TESS Shares First Science Image in Hunt to Find New Worlds

…and refined light curves that scientists can analyze to find promising exoplanet transit candidates. TESS builds on the legacy of NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which also uses transits to…

Are planetary systems flat? (Speaker: Scott Tremaine, Institute for Advanced Study)

…planetary systems are flat, however, is still ambiguous. I will discuss constraints on flatness from the Kepler spacecraft and other sources; measurements of the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect in transiting planets; Lidov-Kozai…