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Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

KQED Science | June 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Kepler 10c: An Unexpected Heavyweight Earth

How big can an Earth-like planet be? Astronomers thought they had a pretty good handle on this question but have just been given a fresh example of how nature never ceases to outpace our imaginations and show us something unexpected.

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From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

KQED Science | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

From 63 Light Years Away, An Exoplanet is Ready for Its Closeup

Recently, a major milestone in space exploration was reached: a planet was captured in a picture! The big deal is that the planet captured in this shot, a gas giant planet named Beta Pictoris b, is 63 light years away--over 100,000 times farther away than even Pluto.

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One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

KQED Science | February 26, 2014 | 1 Comment

One Galaxy, Many Worlds: Scientists Announce ‘Planet Bonanza’

NASA researchers announce they've verified 715 new planets orbiting around 305 stars.

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Space 2013: Another Great Year of Cosmic Adventure

KQED Science | December 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Space 2013: Another Great Year of Cosmic Adventure

Let's take a moment to tally a few of 2013's highlights of astronomy and space exploration. In brief, it was a very good year on a number of fronts.

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Generations of Exploration: From Hubble to the James Webb Space Telescope

KQED Science | August 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Generations of Exploration: From Hubble to the James Webb Space Telescope

If you think the list of achievements of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is impressive, consider that its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, will sport a mirror 21 feet across, with more than 20 times the light-collecting capability of its predecessor!

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Is NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Down For The Count?

KQED Science | May 31, 2013 | 0 Comments

Is NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Down For The Count?

Is NASA's Kepler spacecraft, that amazing extrasolar-planet-spotter in the sky, down for the count?

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