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Hiding in the Sunshine: The Search for Other Earths

How instruments called coronagraphs might help us ultimately find Earth-like worlds.

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Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Witnessing a Planetary Wreckage

Astronomers were surprised to see these data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in January 2013, showing a huge eruption of dust around a star called NGC 2547-ID8. In this plot, infrared brightness is represented on the vertical axis, and time on the horizontal axis.

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Astrophysics Missions

Galaxy Evolution Explorer
Uses ultraviolet wavelengths to measure the history of star formation 80 percent of the way back to the Big Bang.
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Exoplanet
Updates, documents, and in-depth information about NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program.
Exoplanet web site

Keck Interferometer
Links two 10-meter (33-foot) telescopes, which form the world's most powerful optical telescope system.
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Kepler Mission
The Kepler Mission will search for Earth-like planets with the "transit" method.
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Palomar Observatory
A joint effort between JPL and the California Institute of Technology, the Palomar Observatory houses a collection of famous telescopes.
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PlanetQuest web site
The latest news, images, and information about NASA's search for exoplanets and another Earth.
PlanetQuest web site

Spitzer Space Telescope
Uses infrared technology to study celestial objects that are too cool, too dust-enshrouded or too far away to otherwise be seen.
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Voyager to the Outer Planets
Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Jupiter and Saturn. Voyager 2 also flew by Uranus and Neptune. Voyager 1 is now approaching interstellar space.
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Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE)
WISE is mapping the entire sky in infrared light, uncovering the coolest stars, the universe's most luminous galaxies and some of the darkest near-Earth asteroids and comets.
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This illustration shows the prototype starshade On the Road to Finding Other Earths

NASA is developing new technologies to help astronomers capture the shine of Earth-like worlds and ultimately look for evidence of life elsewhere in our galaxy.

Read more (Apr. 28)

This illustration shows a star surrounded by a protoplanetary disk Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk

Astronomers used echoes of light to determine the distance from a star to the inner wall of its surrounding protoplanetary disk.

Read more (Apr. 26)

Young Brown Dwarf in TW Hydrae Family of Stars Lone Planetary-Mass Object Found in Family of Stars

Sitting all by itself in space, a newfound object may help answer mysteries about planets without parent stars.

Read more (Apr. 19)

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Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph Crazy Engineering: Starshade/Coronagraph

Sometimes light just gets in the way. A look at two technologies that block starlight to give telescopes a better view of distant Earth-like planets.

Crazy Engineering:  The Camera that Fixed Hubble Crazy Engineering: The Camera that Fixed Hubble

When the first images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope were too blurry, JPL scientists and engineers devised a genius fix: a camera with corrective vision.

Q and Alien: What’s in an Exoplanet Name? Q and Alien: What's in an Exoplanet Name?

Exoplanets can be pretty weird places, but do their names have to be so weird, too? Watch and learn how the scientific community determines and categorizes these unique planets.

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