Extrasolar Planets

A planet that orbits around a star other than the Sun.

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Facts and Figures The biggest, farthest and fastest in the...
Finding Earth-Like Planets Astronomers have discovered far more planets...
Exoplanets As the list of known planets beyond the solar...
Aquarius Thanks to its position in the zodiac, not to...
Cancer, the Crab Although it is one of the constellations of the...
Libra, the Scales Libra represents a balance scale. The name may...

Featured Images

View of a newly forming planetary system around the young star HL Tauri
Planet Tracks Thursday, November 6, 2014
Diagram showing the layouts of several exoplanet systems
Going Farther Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Artist's concept of a range of recently discovered exoplanets
Planet Hunting Monday, April 28, 2014
Artist's concept of a double sunset on exoplanet Kepler 16
Double Sunset Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Artist's concept of exoplanet system KOI-961, discovered by Kepler spacecraft
Worlds Galore Monday, March 3, 2014
Artist's concept of extrasolar planet Kepler 78b, an Earth-sized world
Hot Rock Thursday, October 31, 2013
Hubble Space Telescope images of the Fomalhaut star system
Giant Planet of Mystery Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Artist's concept of planet HAT-P7b
Hot Spot Friday, August 16, 2013
Artist's concept of a blue exoplanet
Blue-Hot Planet Saturday, July 13, 2013
Dusty Vega system
Dust Trap Friday, June 14, 2013
Artist's depiction of planet orbiting Alpha Centauri B
Close Neighbor Sunday, April 21, 2013
Infrared image of the star Fomalhaut (center) and surround debris ring
Messy Building Zone Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Artist's concept of the Gamma Cephei star system
Stellar Geometry Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Altair is one of the three planets of the Summer Triangle
Flying Eagle Thursday, July 12, 2012
A flare on the surface of the star HD 189733 blasts away the atmosphere of an or
Zapped! Friday, June 29, 2012
Artist's concept of the Kepler-35 system, with a giant planet orbiting two stars
Seeing Double Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Artist's concept of the pulsar and planets in the system PSR B1257+12
Second-Chance Planets Sunday, January 8, 2012
An artist's concept of the darkest planet yet discovered
Dark World Thursday, October 27, 2011
Artist's concept of a free-floating planet in the Milky Way galaxy
Free Agent Thursday, May 19, 2011
Artist's concept of TW Hydra, a young star encircled by a disk of gas and dust
Messy Youngster Monday, April 25, 2011
Artist's concept of the planetary system Kepler 11
Close Family Friday, April 22, 2011
Newly forming planetary system around Beta Pictoris
Messy Star System Thursday, February 10, 2011
Earth is in the middle of the Sun's habitable zone
In the Zone Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Artist's concept of a protoplanetary disk with wide gaps
Planet Nursery Monday, October 4, 2010
Evaporating planet around the star HD209458
Puffy Planet Thursday, August 26, 2010
Three of the four planets that are known to orbit the red-dwarf star Gliese 581
Homey Star System Wednesday, April 28, 2010
(Almost) Just Like Home Sunday, February 21, 2010
A Moon is Born? Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Too Close for Comfort Monday, November 30, 2009
Staring Into Space Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Planetary Smash-Up Thursday, August 13, 2009
Planetary Nursery Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Planet Hunter Monday, March 2, 2009
Looking Into the Past Sunday, February 8, 2009
Go With the Flow Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Dusty Skies Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Planetary Broom? Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Distant Planet? Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Super Planets Thursday, April 3, 2008
Planetary Smackdown Monday, March 31, 2008
Dimming the Light Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Red-Dwarf Planet Monday, October 22, 2007
Close Neighbor Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Planetary Nursery? Friday, October 6, 2006
Triple the Sunshine Sunday, July 16, 2006
Roasting Planet Monday, May 22, 2006
Magnetic Buffer Tuesday, February 7, 2006
Icy Wonder Monday, January 30, 2006

Radio Programs

New Names Spicing up the names of distant worlds Monday, October 20, 2014
Fomalhaut III Taking a look at a possible “dusty” planet Friday, October 3, 2014
Fomalhaut Watching one of the “guardians of heaven” Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Doomed Planets Doomed planets around a dying star Sunday, August 24, 2014
Planet Bonanza A plenitude of exoplanets Saturday, August 23, 2014
New Searches Taking a closer look at exoplanets Friday, August 8, 2014
Distant Planets IV Young planets on the move Thursday, May 1, 2014
Distant Planets III A giant planet near the head of the water snake Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Distant Planets II A patient search for distant planets Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Distant Planets Looking for hard-to-find planets Monday, April 28, 2014
61 Virginis Some nearby planetary neighbors Friday, April 25, 2014
In-Between Planets Super-Earths and mini-Neptunes Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Kepler A space telescope piles up the planets Monday, March 3, 2014
Pollux A “wobbly” planetary discovery Sunday, March 2, 2014
Earths Galore Earth-like planets by the millions Saturday, February 22, 2014
Blue-Hot Planet A visit to another blue planet Monday, December 2, 2013
More Fomalhaut A giant planet of mystery Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Moon and Jupiter Looking for a giant planet Saturday, September 28, 2013
Spitzer Space Telescope Taking a good look at an exoplanet Friday, August 23, 2013
HAT P-7 Cooling off a distant star Friday, August 16, 2013
Toasted Planets Toasting planets from the inside out Thursday, August 15, 2013
M4 An ancient city of stars Sunday, August 4, 2013
Dusty Vega Stirring up dust around a bright star Friday, June 14, 2013
Solar Twins II Hunting for worlds like Earth Sunday, June 2, 2013
Alpha Centauri Planet A nearby planetary neighbor Sunday, April 21, 2013
Tau Boötis Keeping an eye on a star with a planet Sunday, April 7, 2013
Pulsar Planets Reborn from a violent demise Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Planetary Debris Rocky evidence of planetary systems Monday, March 11, 2013
In the Zone Comfortable worlds around feeble stars Sunday, March 10, 2013
Lots of Planets Strength of discovery in numbers Saturday, March 9, 2013
Four Suns A world with four suns in the sky Friday, March 8, 2013
Planet Hunters Hunting for leftover planets Thursday, March 7, 2013
Side Jobs A space telescope gets some extra jobs Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Hot Planet The glow of a small but hot planet Thursday, January 24, 2013
Moon and Jupiter Tiny planets around a tiny star Sunday, March 25, 2012
Bigger Diamonds Real astronomical “sparklers” Friday, January 11, 2013
Sweet Discovery A “sweet” discovery at a distant star Wednesday, November 14, 2012
White-Dwarf Planets II Dead stars consume dead planets Wednesday, October 17, 2012
White-Dwarf Planets Close planets around dead stars Tuesday, October 16, 2012
More Fomalhaut Cometary chaos around a young star Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Fomalhaut The lonely “Autumn Star” Monday, September 17, 2012
Hot Jupiters Clearing out a star system Saturday, September 15, 2012
Gamma Cephei IV Getting messy for science Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Gamma Cephei III Keeping a planet on the table Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gamma Cephei II A gnat’s eyelash and a distant planet Monday, September 3, 2012
Gamma Cephei The top of the king’s starry house Sunday, September 2, 2012
Altairian Planets A star that gets a lot of attention Thursday, July 12, 2012
Double Sunsets Double sunsets on alien worlds Thursday, April 5, 2012
Snow Line A solar system’s best spot for skiing Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Comfy Planets Looking for comfy homes for life Sunday, March 4, 2012
White Dwarfs III Dead planets around dead stars? Friday, February 3, 2012
Pulsar Planets Planets around a dead star Sunday, January 8, 2012
Planetary Bombardment Possible planets take a pounding Thursday, December 29, 2011
Sparkly Rings Bright rings for a distant planet Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Far-Out Earths Warming up some far-out Earths Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Brilliant Jupiter Shining some light on a dark giant Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hottest Planet A world that’s hotter than Texas Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Kepler III Two ways to find planets Saturday, August 27, 2011
Kepler II Winnowing a list of possible planets Friday, August 26, 2011
Kepler I Watching for some stars to blink Thursday, August 25, 2011
Moon and Jupiter Young, vigorous star systems Friday, August 19, 2011
Moon and Saturn "Listening" for distant worlds Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Proxima Centauri Planets? Filling in the details on our closest neighbor Friday, May 27, 2011
Gliese 179 An unexpectedly big planet Thursday, May 26, 2011
Red Dwarf Planets Looking for close planets around close stars Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Kepler 11 A star with a big family of planets Friday, April 22, 2011
Basket O' Planets A basketful of planets Thursday, April 21, 2011
Moon and Antares An unlikely abode for life Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Denebola Shining through the moonlight Friday, March 18, 2011
Shortest Year Birthdays by the basketful Sunday, March 13, 2011
Dubhe Skies as different from ours as night and day Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Interesting Planets Interesting worlds in other star systems Friday, February 11, 2011
Beta Pictoris A speck of light with a difference Thursday, February 10, 2011
Upsilon Andromedae An out-of-whack solar system Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Defining Planets An uncertain count of planets Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Counting Planets II Keeping score in the search for planets Thursday, January 20, 2011
Counting Planets Adding to the planetary census Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Habitable Zones Looking for worlds with rainy days Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Plurality of Worlds Changing ideas about the universe Monday, January 17, 2011
Moon and Companions Searching for cosmic fireflies Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Moon and Saturn Giant worlds everywhere you look Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Celestial Sea The Moon takes a dip in the sea Thursday, October 21, 2010
Planet Names The unromantic names of distant planets Thursday, September 30, 2010
Transit Treasures Compiling profiles of distant planets Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Planet Hunt Hunting hundreds of planets Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Moon and Jupiter Inflating a giant planet Thursday, August 26, 2010
Building Solar Systems III Getting pushed out of the zone Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Building Solar Systems II Rivalry among planetary siblings Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Building Solar Systems Two ways to make giant planets Monday, August 23, 2010
Cygnus Soaring toward new discoveries Monday, July 26, 2010
Moon and Spica Moving far away from a pair of stars Saturday, July 17, 2010
Venus and Gemini A big planet with a fiery fate Thursday, June 10, 2010
Algieba A giant planet for a double star Thursday, March 11, 2010
Companionable Stars Good places to hunt for habitable planets Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Moon and Saturn Two planetary gas bags Monday, March 1, 2010
HD 69830 A star system with a touch of home Sunday, February 21, 2010
Zeta Puppis Heating up a giant star Saturday, February 20, 2010
Rigel Getting away from a brilliant star Thursday, February 11, 2010
Orion Planets A hostile location for new planets Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Hot Planet A planet where you'd really need the a/c Thursday, December 24, 2009
A Moon is Born? What happens when worlds collide Wednesday, December 23, 2009
More Moon and Jupiter Setting up a planetary migration Monday, December 21, 2009
Corot 7b Discovering a doomed planet Monday, November 30, 2009
Fomalhaut's Planet Taking a snapshot of a distant planet Sunday, October 25, 2009
Fomalhaut Bright companions for the Moon Saturday, October 24, 2009
16 Cygni A good target in the hunt for planets Thursday, August 27, 2009
Keeping Watch Keeping watch on a distant star Thursday, August 20, 2009
Searching for Earths Staring at the Summer Triangle Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Hot Planet Life for a superhot planet Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Polluted Stars Planetary building blocks around dead stars Monday, May 18, 2009
More Moon and Jupiter The Moon and a giant planet Saturday, May 16, 2009
Hot Planet A hot and steamy little planet Friday, April 17, 2009
Alpha Centauri Getting to know the neighbors Tuesday, April 14, 2009
On the Scales Some distant planets weigh in Thursday, March 26, 2009
Gamma Cephei Rolling with the planets Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Astrometry Measuring other solar systems Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Moon and Regulus Zapped by a hot, bright star Sunday, March 8, 2009
Kepler II Staring down some Earth-like planets Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Habitable Zones Looking for planets in just the right places Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Kepler Counting up new planets Monday, March 2, 2009
Sweet Discovery How sweet it is Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Doomed Planet Sealing the fate of a giant planet Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Denebola The tale of the tail of the lion Monday, February 23, 2009
More Epsilon Eridani Where have all the Vulcans gone? Thursday, February 5, 2009
Epsilon Eridani The past and future Sun Wednesday, February 4, 2009

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