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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 combined power of NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. The view from this planet — were it possible to fly a spaceship into its gaseous layers — is illustrated at right. original

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Mini Planetary System

This artist’s concept depicts an itsy bitsy planetary system – so compact, in fact, that it’s more like Jupiter and its moons than a star and its planets. Astronomers using data from NASA’s Kepler mission and ground-based telescopes recently confirmed that the system, KOI-961, hosts the three smallest exoplanets known so far to orbit a […]

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HAT P7b Light Curves-Magnified

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Kepler's Primary Mirror

Technicians from Ball Aerospace inspected the honeycomb structure of the Kepler Space Telescope’s primary mirror. The mirror has been 86% light-weighted; that is, it only weighs 14% of amount that a solid mirror of the same dimensions would. The mirror blank was made by Corning Glass works out of ultra-low expansion glass, or ULE. original

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