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11

Jan

Can you tell the difference between Mercury and Mars? Which planet is the one with the rings? How about the one farthest from the sun? Test your solar system prowess here!

Can you tell the difference between Mercury and Mars? Which planet is the one with the rings? How about the one farthest from the sun? Test your solar system prowess here!

31

Dec

The amazing alien planet discoveries of 2013The range of alien planets found in 2013 ranged from planets that would be perfect for Earthlings…if only they weren’t so hot or were ‘water worlds.’

The amazing alien planet discoveries of 2013
The range of alien planets found in 2013 ranged from planets that would be perfect for Earthlings…if only they weren’t so hot or were ‘water worlds.’

11

Jul

Alien planet’s true colors revealedThough the its color may resemble Earth’s, scientists aren’t sure what causes the coloration of this other blue planet.

Alien planet’s true colors revealed
Though the its color may resemble Earth’s, scientists aren’t sure what causes the coloration of this other blue planet.

02

May

Would you like to adopt an alien planet?
It costs money to name a planet, but the money will be used to fund space exploration and research grants.

Would you like to adopt an alien planet?

It costs money to name a planet, but the money will be used to fund space exploration and research grants.

30

Apr

'Eyeball Earths': Scientists want to simulate habitable alien planets
The ‘eyeball’ planet is one that has a permanent day side and a permanent night side due to its orbit around a star.

'Eyeball Earths': Scientists want to simulate habitable alien planets

The ‘eyeball’ planet is one that has a permanent day side and a permanent night side due to its orbit around a star.

19

Apr

Most Earth-like alien planet and 2 other possibly habitable worlds
The newfound planets were found in the Kepler-62 system, which is located about 1,200 light-years away from Earth.

Most Earth-like alien planet and 2 other possibly habitable worlds

The newfound planets were found in the Kepler-62 system, which is located about 1,200 light-years away from Earth.

14

Jan


 Amateur astronomers discover 42 alien planets 



Forty volunteers with the crowd-sourcing Planet Hunters project discovered the new planet candidates, which include 15 potentially habitable worlds.
Forty volunteers with the crowd-sourcing Planet Hunters project discovered the new planet candidates, which include 15 potentially habitable worlds.

26

Dec


 Wildest alien planets of 2012 



From quadruple-star systems to planets that could host life, 2012 has been an amazing year for exoplanet finds.
From quadruple-star systems to planets that could host life, 2012 has been an amazing year for exoplanet finds.

22

Feb

'Waterworld' discovery opens door to new type of planetThe planet probably formed farther out from its star, where water ice was plentiful, and then migrated in to its current location long ago.

'Waterworld' discovery opens door to new type of planet
The planet probably formed farther out from its star, where water ice was plentiful, and then migrated in to its current location long ago.

10

Feb

Saturn, Uranus and moon put on a show this weekThe sky-based approaches between the objects in our solar systems are called conjunctions or appulses.

Saturn, Uranus and moon put on a show this week
The sky-based approaches between the objects in our solar systems are called conjunctions or appulses.