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How hidden stars may impact search for Earth-like planets

How hidden stars may impact search for Earth-like planets

In the search for planets similar to our own, an important point of comparison is the planet's density.

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 219 new planet candidates; 10 of which are Earth-like worlds

NASA's Kepler telescope finds 219 new planet candidates; 10 of which are Earth-like worlds

With the latest release, Kepler has detected a total of 4,034 planet candidates, of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets.

Two massive planets discovered 138 light years away

Two massive planets discovered 138 light years away

One of the two worlds is a Saturn-mass planet, while the other one is a cold exoplanet several times more massive than Jupiter.

Bizarre discovery! Scientists say Earth was a 'donut-shaped' mass of hot, vaporised rock

Bizarre discovery! Scientists say Earth was a 'donut-shaped' mass of hot, vaporised rock

Current theories of planet formation hold that rocky planets such as the Earth, Mars and Venus formed early in the existence of our solar system as smaller objects collided with each other. 

Oceans may cover more than 90 percent of most habitable planets' surface: Scientists

Oceans may cover more than 90 percent of most habitable planets' surface: Scientists

This conclusion is reached because the Earth itself is very close to being a so-called 'waterworld' - a world where all land is immersed under a single ocean.

Super-Earth: Newly discovered exoplanet may be most promising yet in search for signs of life

Super-Earth: Newly discovered exoplanet may be most promising yet in search for signs of life

Earlier, astronomers have discovered a number of nearby exoplanets - or planets outside our solar system - that could harbour life like Proxima b and the seven TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Hubble spots beautiful spiral galaxy that presents an interesting puzzle – See pic!

Hubble spots beautiful spiral galaxy that presents an interesting puzzle – See pic!

The galaxy, which is known as RX J1140.1+0307 and is in the Virgo constellation, presents an interesting puzzle. 

Planetary system with deadly host star discovered

Planetary system with deadly host star discovered

The study that was published in the journal “Astronomy and Astrophysics” suggest that this new discovery can provide clues to researchers about how planetary systems evolve over time.

NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes reveal elusive brown dwarf!

NASA's Spitzer and Swift space telescopes reveal elusive brown dwarf!

Brown dwarfs are thought to be the missing link between planets and stars, with masses up to 80 times that of Jupiter, NASA said.

Brazilian astronomers discover 2 new planets

Brazilian astronomers discover 2 new planets

The two new planets, dubbed "super Neptune" and "super Earth", are the first to be discovered by Brazilian astronomers since the discovery in 2015 of a planet similar to Jupiter, according to Brazil's G1 news website on Friday.

NASA says world's largest space telescope ready for launch

NASA says world's largest space telescope ready for launch

The James Webb Space Telescope will be launched on board an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October 2018, NASA said.

Mystery behind birth of Saturn's rings solved

Mystery behind birth of Saturn's rings solved

Observations show that Saturn's rings are made of more than 95 per cent icy particles, while the rings of Uranus and Neptune are darker and may have higher rock content.

Discovered – Astronomers find 24 new isolated 'Hot Earth' exoplanets!

Discovered – Astronomers find 24 new isolated 'Hot Earth' exoplanets!

Hot Earths are Earth-sized exoplanets that exist close to their stars, making them unlikely to support life. 

Venus-Jupiter conjunction on August 27: Viewing tips! (Watch)

Venus-Jupiter conjunction on August 27: Viewing tips! (Watch)

Stargazers will be treated to a spectacular celestial show this weekend, the Venus-Jupiter conjunction.

Venus clouds may reveal underlying secrets

Venus clouds may reveal underlying secrets

Venus thick cloud layers may offer insight into the topography of the planets surface below, rather than acting as a barrier to our observations, scientists have shown for the first time.

Watch: New Hubble portrait of Red Planet ahead of Mars Opposition this weekend!

Watch: New Hubble portrait of Red Planet ahead of Mars Opposition this weekend!

The telescope, well known for its picturesque views of nebulae and galaxies, imaged this image on May 12, 2016, when Mars was 50 million miles from Earth. 

Mars Opposition on May 22, 2016: How to view as planet appears at its brightest in over a decade!

Mars Opposition on May 22, 2016: How to view as planet appears at its brightest in over a decade!

On Sunday, May 22, Mars, Earth and the sun will all line up, with Earth directly in the middle.

Wow! NASA’s Kepler mission makes big announcement; verifies 1,284 planets!

Wow! NASA’s Kepler mission makes big announcement; verifies 1,284 planets!

Whether it is a new planet, a number of stars – even exploding ones – or a circumbinary planet, Kepler has never failed to disappoint the curious minds of space enthusiasts.

Spotted: A free-floating, planetary-mass object in family of stars (pic inside)!

Spotted: A free-floating, planetary-mass object in family of stars (pic inside)!

The newfound object, termed WISEA J114724.10204021.3, or just WISEA 1147 for short, may help scientists understand planets without stars.

See pic - Hubble spots a diamond in the dust!

See pic - Hubble spots a diamond in the dust!

The image shows the star illuminating a wispy reflection nebula known as IRAS 00044+6521.