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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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The Sinister Story Of Our Sun’s Evil Twin

The Sinister Story Of Our Sun’s Evil Twin By Judith E Braffman-Miller Dwelling in our Milky Way Galaxy, about 300 light-years away, there is a small star named HIP68468. This little star is so much like our own Sun that it is often referred to as its “twin”–but if HIP68468 is our own Star’s twin, it is an evil one…

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