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Now Announcing TESS, NASA’s Next Planet-Hunter
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Now Announcing TESS, NASA’s Next Planet-Hunter

by Justin CowartApril 7, 2013

NASA announced on April 6 that the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has been selected for development in its latest round of Explorer-class mission proposals. The satellite is scheduled to launch in 2017.

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Astronomers discover asteroid belts around Vega, adds to Vega Exoplanet evidence
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Astronomers discover asteroid belts around Vega, adds to Vega Exoplanet evidence

by AstroAggregatorJanuary 12, 2013

Scientists from NASA and the European Space Agency have revealed that their observations of Vega indicate an outer and inner ring of asteroids – just like our own solar system.

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European Space Agency to launch Exoplanet hunting mission named CHEOPS
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European Space Agency to launch Exoplanet hunting mission named CHEOPS

by AstroAggregatorOctober 22, 2012

On October 19th the ESA confirmed its intention to launch an Exoplanet-hunting telescope called CHEOPS – CHaracterising ExoPlanet Satellite.

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Exoplanet found just next door to Earth.
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Exoplanet found just next door to Earth.

by AstroAggregatorOctober 19, 2012

The ESO finds an exoplanet in orbit around Alpha Centauri b – the closest exoplanet found to our Solar System.

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Planet Hunters strikes it rich: the first confirmed exoplanet in a four-star system.
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Planet Hunters strikes it rich: the first confirmed exoplanet in a four-star system.

by AstroAggregatorOctober 17, 2012

Yale’s Planethunters has its first exoplanet candidate confirmed by the Kepler mission – the first point for crowdsourced exoplanet hunting.

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Kepler discovers first multi-planet binary system
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Kepler discovers first multi-planet binary system

by AstroAggregatorAugust 31, 2012

NASA’s Kepler mission has discovered its first multiple-planet binary star system. The system, Kepler 47, is 4,900 light years away in the Cygnus constellation. While theorised, it has never been confirmed before that a planet could survive the tidal forces produced by the gravity of two stars in close proximity.

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