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Rocky Or Gassy, It’s Still A SUPER-Earth

    Rocky Or Gassy, It’s Still A SUPER-Earth By Judith E Braffman-Miller The stars of our Milky Way Galaxy are separated from one another by great distances, as they perform their sparkling dance in the frigid darkness of interstellar space. Indeed, the distance to even the nearest star beyond our own Sun is almost unimaginably vast–our closest stellar neighbor…

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Did Astronomers Discover Extragalactic Exoplanets?

  An astrophysics team at the University of Oklahoma say that they have discovered a population of planets beyond our Milky Way galaxy. They were discovered through the use of microlensing, which allowed the researchers to detect exoplanets that are at great distance from the Earth. The researchers were able to detect objects near quasar RXJ-1131-1231, in an extragalactic galaxy,  that range…

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Hot Jupiter Planets: Any Way The Wind Blows

    Hot Jupiter Planets: Any Way The Wind Blows By Judith E Braffman-Miller A generation ago, planet-hunting astronomers discovered the first exoplanets in orbit around distant stars beyond our own Sun–and these new discoveries have since provided a treasure chest filled with remarkable brave new worlds for scientists to ponder. Some of these remote planets show an almost eerie…

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A Dynamic Duo Of Alien “Oddballs” May Solve The Puffy Planet Puzzle

    A Dynamic Duo Of Alien “Oddballs” May Solve The Puffy Planet Puzzle By Judith E Braffman-Miller Hot Jupiters are wacky Wonder Worlds that cling closely to their parent-stars in incredibly speedy, roasting orbits. These bewitching behemoths are gas giant exoplanets with orbital periods that are less than 10 days long, and their extremely hot orbits around their roiling,…

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A Giant “Oddball” Planet That’s Too Big For Its Star

A Giant “Oddball” Planet That’s Too Big For Its Star By Judith E Braffman-Miller For centuries we have stared up at the mysterious sky and wondered how our Sun and its retinue of planets came into being. As ground-based telescopes became increasingly sophisticated over time, and the technology was developed to dispatch probes into the vast wilderness of unexplored Space,…

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The Strange Case Of The Searing-Hot, Light-Eating Planet

The Strange Case Of The Searing-Hot, Light-Eating Planet By Judith E Braffman-Miller There are some very weird “oddball” planets that dwell within the distant families of stars beyond our Sun–and they are mysterious and enchanting Wonderland worlds that are unlike the familiar major planets that circle our own Star. WASP-12b is just such a strange alien world. Searing-hot and as…

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Nature Vs Nurture: The Strange Case Of The Exoplanet “Cousins”

Nature Vs Nurture: The Strange Case Of The Exoplanet “Cousins” By Judith E Braffman-Miller Nature versus nurture refers to a long-standing debate among scientists who are trying to find out if human behavior is determined by the environment or is merely the result of a person’s genes. Planets and people can have a lot in common, and the atmospheres of…

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A Distant Warm Neptune’s Surprising Atmosphere

A Distant Warm Neptune’s Surprising Atmosphere By Judith E Braffman-Miller The weird, wonderful worlds that exist in the distant families of stars beyond our Sun, have presented more than a few bewitching, bewildering, and bothersome surprises for planet-hunting astronomers to solve. While the discovery of new exoplanets occurs on an almost daily basis today, it was only a generation ago…

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Seven Earth-Size Worlds Inhabit The Family Of A Distant Star

  Seven Earth-Size Worlds Inhabit The Family Of A Distant Star By Judith E Braffman-Miller “Curioser and curioser,” said Alice as she explored the weirdness of a Wonderland world, and like her we search the Wonderland of a starlit sky above our planet in an effort to understand who we are by searching for that which is beyond ourselves. By…

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