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NEID Spectrograph Sees First Light

Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Facilities & Instruments, Featured, Instrumentation, News, Press Coverage | 0 comments

The exoplanet-hunting instrument NEID, designed and built at Penn State, has passed an important milestone on the road to discovering...

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Didier Queloz Talk on the Hunt for an Earth Twin and the Pathway for the Origin of Life

Posted on Oct 18, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Research | 0 comments

Professor Didier Queloz (University of Cambridge and University of Geneva) gave an inspiring talk to the Penn State Center for Exoplanets...

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How many Earth-size planets are around sun-like stars?

Posted on Aug 14, 2019 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Featured, Statistical Methodology & Data Analysis | 0 comments

A new study provides the most accurate estimate of the frequency that planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their...

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Penn State set to lead on new exoplanet science priorities

Posted on Nov 7, 2018 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Featured, Instrumentation, Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, News | 0 comments

A report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine sets the stage for Penn State’s Center for Exoplanets and...

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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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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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