Another planet in Kepler-186?

That spanking new planet’s already a star. K-186 f, you know who you are. You’re making us wonder if we’re all alone. The planet out there in the habitable zone. I’ve been on the radio.  Been on TV. Talking ‘bout the planet. Just what can we see? Just what do we know about this special … More Another planet in Kepler-186?

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An Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a cool star

In the spirit of last week’s poetic post, here are two more stanzas for your reading pleasure…. There is a new exoplanet in town. This planet has only just now been found. Why should you care?  It’s only one more. Well this is one planet we’d love to explore. This planet’s orbit is really just … More An Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a cool star

HD 80606: a gas giant on a super-eccentric orbit

Hot Jupiters: check.  Super-Earths and mini-Neptunes: check. Up next is another unusual class of planet.  But what is different is not these planets’ physical properties but the shapes of their orbits. Time to get technical.  An orbit is the path a planet follows around its star.  The simplest orbit is a circle with the star … More HD 80606: a gas giant on a super-eccentric orbit

Wasp-12b: a hot Jupiter

Let’s meet a planet called WASP-12b.  [Before you ask, extra-solar planets are named based on how they were discovered or their catalog number.  Wasp-12b is the twelfth found by the WASP (“Wide Angle Search for Planets”) survey.  The “b” indicates that the object is a companion; Wasp-12 itself is the planet-hosting star.] WASP-12b is a … More Wasp-12b: a hot Jupiter