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02.22.17

The Discovery of TRAPPIST-1 Planets

The first observations of the TRAPPIST-1 system reported in 2016 revealed three planets orbiting a small, red-dwarf s... view image

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06.25.15

Hypothetical 'Rejuvenated' Planets

This artist's concept shows a hypothetical "rejuvenated" planet -- a gas giant that has reclaimed its youthful infrar... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.24.14

A Sunny Outlook for 'Weather' on Exoplanets

Scientists were excited to discover clear skies on a relatively small planet, about the size of Neptune, using the co... view image

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09.24.14

Transmission Spectrum of HAT-P-11b

A plot of the transmission spectrum for exoplanet HAT-P-11b, with data from NASA's Kepler, Hubble and Spitzer observa... view image

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09.24.14

Seeing Starlight Through a Planet's Rim

A Neptune-size planet with a clear atmosphere is shown crossing in front of its star in this artist's depiction. Such... view image

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09.30.13

Partially Cloudy Skies on Kepler-7b

Kepler-7b which is 1.5 times the radius of Jupiter is the first exoplanet to have its clouds mapped. view image

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05.23.11

Kepler-10 Stellar Family Portrait

This artist's conception depicts the Kepler-10 star system, located about 560 light-years away near the Cygnus and Ly... view image

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12.08.10

Signature of a Carbon-Rich Planet

This plot of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope indicates the presence of molecules in the planet WASP-12b -- a... view image

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12.08.10

Hot, Carbon-Rich Planet

This artist's concept shows the searing-hot gas planet WASP-12b (orange orb) and its star. view image

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10.19.10

How to Find a Planetary Hot Spot

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows how astronomers located a hot spot on a distant gas plan... view image

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10.19.10

Planetary Hot Spot Not Under the Glare of Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has found that the hottest part of a distant planet, named upsilon Andromedae b, is no... view image

ssc2010-05a

04.21.10

How to Measure Exoplanet Light

These plots from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope show light from a distant planet, GJ 436b, and its star, as measured ... view image

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04.21.10

Exotic Exoplanet

An unusual, methane-free world is partially eclipsed by its star in this artist's concept. view image

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10.20.09

Exotic Atmospheres

The basic chemistry for life has been detected in a second hot gas planet, HD 209458b, depicted in this artist's conc... view image

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10.06.09

The King of Rings

This diagram illustrates the extent of the largest ring around Saturn, discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. ... view image

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10.06.09

Infrared Ring Around Saturn

This diagram highlights a slice of Saturn's largest ring. The ring (red band in inset photo) was discovered by NASA's... view image

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10.06.09

Artist's Rendering of Saturn's Infrared Ring

This artist's conception shows a nearly invisible ring around Saturn -- the largest of the giant planet's many rings.... view image

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01.28.09

Severe Exoplanetary Storm

These computer-generated images chart the development of severe weather patterns on the highly eccentric exoplanet HD... view image

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01.28.09

Exoplanet HD 80606b Infrared Light Curve

This figure charts 30 hours of observations taken by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope of a strongly irradiated exoplane... view image

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10.27.08

Epsilon Eridani: Double the Rubble

This artist's conception shows the closest known planetary system to our own, called Epsilon Eridani. Observations fr... view image

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07.11.07

Steaming Hot Planet in Infrared

Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet... view image

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07.11.07

Steaming Hot Planet

Scientists have reported the first conclusive discovery of water vapor in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, or a planet... view image

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05.09.07

Blacker than Black

This artist's concept illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the Universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "hot ... view image

ssc2007-04a

02.21.07

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds: Atmosphere of Planet HD209458b

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope called a spectrum tells astronomers that a distant gas plane... view image

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02.21.07

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds: An Exoplanet Atmosphere

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope called a spectrum tells astronomers that a distant gas plane... view image

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02.21.07

Cracking the Code of Faraway Worlds: an Exoplanet Atmosphere

This infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope called a spectrum tells astronomers that a distant gas plane... view image

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02.21.07

Hot, Dry and Cloudy Planet

This artist's concept shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA's Spitzer... view image

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02.21.07

Isolating a Planet's Spectrum

This diagram illustrates how astronomers can capture the elusive spectra of hot-Jupiter planets by comparing observat... view image

ssc2007-02a

01.08.07

Gas Giants Form Quickly

This is an artist's concept of a hypothetical 10-million-year-old star system. The bright blur at the center is a sta... view image

ssc2006-18a

10.12.06

The Light and Dark Sides of a Distant Planet

The top graph consists of infrared data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It tells astronomers that a distant plan... view image

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10.12.06

Exotic World Blisters Under the Sun

This artist's concept shows a Jupiter-like planet, called Upsilon Andromedae b, soaking up the scorching rays of its ... view image

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09.18.06

Brown Dwarf Companion

This is an artist's concept of the star HD 3651 as it is orbited by a close-in Saturn-mass planetary companion and th... view image

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03.22.05

The Language of Planetary Light

This graph of data from NASA's Spitzer Space telescope shows changes in the infrared light output of two star-planet ... view image

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03.22.05

Blinded by the Light

This artist's concept shows what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look close up if viewe... view image

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05.27.04

Out of the Dust, A Planet is Born

A possible newfound planet spins through a clearing in a nearby star's dusty, planet-forming disk. The possible plane... view image

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07.01.03

Sequence of Stars and Planets in Visible Light

An artist's rendition comparing brown dwarfs to stars and planets on the same scale. On the far left is the limb of t... view image

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01.01.03

Sequence of Astronomical Objects in Infrared Light

This figure shows an artist's rendition comparing brown dwarfs to stars and planets. All objects are plotted to the s... view image

   

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