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First Starlight for Habitable Zone Planet Finder

Posted on Nov 14, 2017 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Featured, Instrumentation, News, Research | 0 comments

The Habitable zone Planet Finder (HPF) obtained its first observations of stars on 5 November. The figure displays a sample spectrum from...

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Astronomers discover sunscreen snow falling on hot exoplanet

Posted on Oct 26, 2017 in News, Planetary Atmospheres & Interiors, Research | 0 comments

Astronomers at Penn State have used the Hubble Space Telescope to find a blistering-hot giant planet outside our solar system where the...

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Extremely Precise Radial Velocities Workshop

Posted on Aug 14, 2017 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Instrumentation, Statistical Methodology & Data Analysis | 0 comments

Penn State hosted the Third Extremely Precise Radial Velocities workshop August 14-17, 2017. For more details, see the meeting...

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New planet found to be hotter than most stars

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Planetary Atmospheres & Interiors, Research | 0 comments

A newly discovered Jupiter-like world is so hot that even its nights are like the flame of a welding torch. The gas giant has a “year”...

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Upgraded Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dedicated

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Instrumentation, News | 0 comments

CEHW Professor Suvrath Mahadevan spoke on “Songs of Distant Earths” at the dedication for the freshly upgraded Hobby-Eberly...

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Introducing CyberLAMP, the Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics

Posted on Feb 21, 2017 in Awards & Honors, Instrumentation, News, Research, Star & Planet Formation, Statistical Methodology & Data Analysis | 0 comments

National Science Foundation funds supercomputer cluster at Penn State February 21, 2017 UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State...

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PandExo: Online Tool for Simulating JWST & HST Observations of Transiting Exoplanets

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 in Announcements, Featured, Instrumentation, Planetary Atmospheres & Interiors, Research, Statistical Methodology & Data Analysis | 0 comments

We are happy to announce the avaliability of PandExo, an online tool and python package for simulating observations of transiting...

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A Flip-Flopping Climate Could Explain Mars’s Watery Past

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 in Featured, Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, Our Solar System, Planetary Atmospheres & Interiors | 0 comments

A new hypothesis might reconcile two opposing theories that have tried to explain Mars’s mysterious history for more than 40 years....

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A compact system of super-Earths & mini-Neptunes

Posted on Jul 26, 2016 in Orbital Dynamics, Research, Star & Planet Formation | 0 comments

Incoming Penn State graduate student, Mariah MacDonald, is first-author of a new study of the Kepler-80 planetary system. Read more at...

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Four synchronized planets reveal clues to how planets form

Posted on May 11, 2016 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, News, Orbital Dynamics, Research, Star & Planet Formation, Statistical Methodology & Data Analysis | 0 comments

The search for planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy has revealed an extraordinary family of planets whose orbits are so carefully...

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