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Kepler Spies “Earth’s Cousin”
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Kepler Spies “Earth’s Cousin”

by Justin CowartApril 18, 2014

Today scientists working with the planet-hunting Kepler telescope announced that the mission has achieved one of its major goals: finding an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a star.

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Chandra unravels the origin of Kepler’s Supernova
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Chandra unravels the origin of Kepler’s Supernova

by AstroAggregatorApril 24, 2013

X-ray data from the Chandra observatory has shed new light on the origin of “Kepler’s Supernova”, first seen in 1604 by Johannes Kepler himself.

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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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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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First multiple exoplanet eclipse spotted by Kepler
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First multiple exoplanet eclipse spotted by Kepler

by AstroAggregatorOctober 5, 2012

A team from the University of Japan have found a unique occurrence in data from Kepler – the first multiple planet eclipse around a star called KOI-94.

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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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