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The Five Most Earth-like Exoplanets (So Far)

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve read that the “first Earth-like exoplanet” has been discovered. With nearly 2000 exoplanets found to date, it is no wonder so many of them will resemble our planet in some way. But which exoplanets are similar enough to the Earth that they could actually be habitable? […]

Astronomers Stunned To Find ‘Hot Jupiter’ With Companions

During the past two decades, astronomers have discovered 300 “hot Jupiters,” but for the first time they’ve found one that has two close-in planetary companions. Scientists made the startling discovery using data collected by the K2 mission, an extension of the Kepler space telescope mission. Says Juliette Becker, a graduate student in astronomy at the […]