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Planetary Systems

Scientists Crack Mystery Of 'Gaping Hole' In Our Solar System

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.24.2015 | Science

When astronomers began studying other solar systems in the Milky Way galaxy back in the 1990s, they noticed something peculiar: most of these systems ...

New Planet-Crashing Game Will Have You Hooked

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.10.2014 | Science

Creating your own planetary system is fun -- really fun. University of Texas astronomer Dr. Stefano Meschiari found that out when he created "Super...

Other Solar Systems: Flatter Than Pancakes but Thicker Than Crepes

Julia Fang | Posted 01.13.2013 | Science
Julia Fang

The best visualization for the flatness of planetary systems is that they are somewhere in between that of a pancake and that of a crepe. Gives food for thought next time you eat at your local IHOP.

LOOK: First Photo Of Auroras On Uranus

| Sid Perkins | Posted 04.14.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON – For the first time, scientists have captured images of auroras above the giant ice planet Uranus, finding further evidence of just how ...

Are We Alone?

George Smoot III | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
George Smoot III

We are in the midst of one of the most interesting and challenging science research programs that humans have ever pursued. It is good to keep this in mind when the everyday crises of human affairs seem so overwhelming.

Slouching To The Right Of The Drake Equation

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The last few years have been heady for planet hunters. First the hot Jupiters; then the will-o'-the-wisp Glieslings and their cousins; and the results from the Kepler mission, one of which is Kepler-22b.

First Planet Orbiting Two Stars Discovered by the NASA Kepler Spacecraft

SETI Institute | Posted 11.15.2011 | Technology
SETI Institute

By Dr. Laurance Doyle, an astrophysicist at the SETI Institute, and lead author of a paper that will appear in the journal Science on September 15, 20...