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A young sub-Neptune-sized planet sheds light onto how planets form and evolve

Posted on Aug 5, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Featured, Instrumentation, Planetary Atmospheres & Interiors | 0 comments

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The detailed characterization of a young planet slightly smaller than Neptune provides insight into how such...

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Sub-Neptune sized planet validated with the Habitable-zone Planet Finder

Posted on Feb 20, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, News, Research | 0 comments

A signal originally detected by the Kepler spacecraft has been validated as an exoplanet using the Habitable-zone Planet Finder (HPF), an...

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Looking for aliens who might be looking for us

Posted on Feb 17, 2020 in Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Data from a massive search for cosmic radio emission released Feb 14. by the Breakthrough Listen Initiative—the most comprehensive survey...

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NASA’s Newest Planet Tracker Finds a Sky-high Perch

Posted on Jan 12, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, Instrumentation, Press Coverage | 0 comments

A new instrument funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation called NEID (pronounced “NOO-id”; sounds like...

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NEID Spectrograph Sees First Light

Posted on Jan 10, 2020 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, 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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NEID Passes its NASA Pre-Ship Review

Posted on Sep 19, 2019 in Exoplanet & Brown Dwarf Surveys, News | 0 comments

The NEID spectrometer passed its NASA pre-ship review. The outcome of this review, held September 17 and 18th at Penn State, was unanimous...

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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’s Habitable Zone Planet Finder Enables Discovery of Planets Around Cool Stars

Posted on Mar 8, 2019 in Instrumentation, Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, News, Publications, Star & Planet Formation | 0 comments

A new astronomical spectrograph built by a Penn State-led team of scientists provides the highest precision measurements to date of...

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Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PSETI) Center

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in Announcements, Life Beyond Earth & Astrobiology, Press Coverage | 0 comments

A new Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PSETI) Center that will compliment the Center for Exoplanets & Habitable Worlds was...

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