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Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) Gets an Upgrade

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Instrumentation, News | 0 comments

Read more about the HET upgrade in the press release.   Image Captionn: The Hobby-Eberly Telescope. Credit: Ethan Tweedie...

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A disintegrating minor planet transiting a white dwarf

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in News, Planet-forming & Debris Disks, Planets around Evolved Stars & Stellar Remnants, Research | 0 comments

Astronomers have discovered evidence for a rocky planet being destroyed and material from the planet being accreted onto a white dwarf....

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A star so fascinating…

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 in Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, News, Planet-forming & Debris Disks, Press Coverage | 0 comments

Most of the time scientists labor in obscurity.  But sometimes a science result captures the public’s imagination in a way...

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NASA picks Penn State-led team to Advance Concept for a Precision Planet Hunting Instrument

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Instrumentation, News | 0 comments

On a rugged Arizona mountaintop, astronomers will soon switch on a new, state-of-the-art instrument to hunt for planets circling distant...

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The mass of the Mars-sized exoplanet, Kepler-138b

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, News, Orbital Dynamics, Research, Statistical Methodology & Data Analysis | 0 comments

A First: Exoplanet smaller than Earth gets its size and mass measured A team of astronomers has measured the mass and size of the smallest...

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Search for Advanced Civilizations Beyond Earth Finds Nothing Obvious in 100,000 Galaxies

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, Research | 0 comments

After searching 100,000 galaxies for signs of highly advanced extraterrestrial life, a team of scientists using observations from...

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Stellar Activity and Gliese 667C on the HPF Blog

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, Research | 0 comments

Have a look at today’s update on the HPF blog discussing Paul Robertson and Suvrath Mahadevan’s new study on the stellar...

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Controversial Clues of Two ‘Goldilocks Planets’ That Might Support Life are Proven False

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, Research, Star Properties | 0 comments

Read more in the Penn State press release. And listen to Paul Robertson on Big Picture Science from the SETI...

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A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall on the Dark Side of the Moon

Posted on May 22, 2014 in Our Solar System, Planet-forming & Debris Disks, Research | 0 comments

“Arpita Roy, Steinn Sigurdsson, and I just finished a long project in lunar geology theory.  It’s been a trip!” – Prof....

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Star Is Discovered To Be a Close Neighbor of the Sun and the Coldest of Its Kind

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Research | 0 comments

“It is very exciting to discover a new neighbor of our solar system that is so close,” said Kevin Luhman… Read more at...

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