Kepler

This handout artist conception provided by NASA depicts multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet. The planets eclipse or transit their host star from the vantage point of the observer. This angle is called edge-on. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA announces mother lode of new planets: 715

WASHINGTON (AP) — Our galaxy is looking far more crowded. NASA has confirmed a bonanza of 715 newly discovered planets outside our solar system. Scientists using the planet-hunting Kepler telescope have nearly doubled the number […]

02/26/2014

This artist's rendition provided by NASA shows Kepler-69c, a super-Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of a star like our sun, located about 2,700 light-years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. (AP Photo/NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech)

Study: 8.8 billion Earth-size, just-right planets

WASHINGTON (AP) — Space is vast, but it may not be so lonely after all: A study finds the Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets that are about the size of Earth, orbit […]

11/04/2013

Kepler space telescope

NASA gives up fixing planet-hunting telescope

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA called off all attempts to fix its crippled Kepler space telescope Thursday. But it’s not quite ready to call it quits on the remarkable, robotic planet hunter. Officials said […]

08/15/2013

This artist rendering released by NASA shows a planet outside the solar system that was detected by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. (AP Photo/NASA)

NASA tries to save planet-hunting telescope

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. (AP) — NASA says it will try to fix its space telescope that hunts for planets outside our solar system. Recovery efforts to save the $600 million mission began Thursday and will […]

07/18/2013

Kepler space telescope

NASA telescope’s planet-hunting days may be over

LOS ANGELES (AP) — NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing a mission that opened up whole new possibilities on life outside the solar system. If engineers can’t find a fix, the malfunction could […]

05/15/2013

Milky Way drawing

Study: Billions of Earth-size planets in Milky Way

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Astronomers estimate one in six stars in our Milky Way galaxy has a planet the size of Earth orbiting it. That translates to at least 17 billion Earth-size planets.

01/07/2013

2 planets discovered, 5k light years away

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The first discovery of two planets orbiting a pair of stars 5,000 light years away was announced today by a team led by a San Diego State University astronomy professor. The […]

08/29/2012

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