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A blog entry on the kick-off meeting of the new NExSS program at NASA HQ by PI Daniel Apai: http://distantearths.com/nexss-kick-off/ Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new...

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NASA’s NExSS Coalition to Lead Search for Life on Distant Worlds NASA is bringing together experts spanning a variety of scientific fields for an unprecedented initiative dedicated to the search for life on planets outside our solar system. The Nexus for Exoplanet System Science, or “NExSS”, hopes to better understand the various components of an exoplanet, as well as how the planet stars and neighbor planets interact to support life....

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EOS team investigators Fred Ciesla, Ilaria Pascucci, and Daniel Apai publish a paper on the delivery of volatiles to low-mass planets orbiting red dwarf stars. The team finds that including more realistic starting conditions (a larger number of planetesimals and planetesimals with higher ice content) than usually assumed, red dwarf planets will not be dry. Read More. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to...

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Astronomers have used NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope to take the most detailed picture to date of a large, edge-on, gas-and-dust disk encircling the 20-million-year-old star Beta Pictoris. Beta Pictoris remains the only directly imaged debris disk that has a giant planet (discovered in 2009). Because the orbital period is comparatively short (estimated to be between 18 and 22 years), astronomers can see large motion in just a few...

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Got Planets? Smaller Stars Are Best Bet


Posted By on Feb 19, 2015

In the search for Earth-size planets elsewhere in the Milky Way, lower-mass stars make for more promising hunting grounds, UA astronomers have discovered. By Daniel Stolte, University Relations – Communication | February 17, 2015   In the search for Earth-size planets, lower-mass stars make for more promising hunting grounds than their sun-like counterparts, a team of University of Arizona astronomers has discovered. Stars...

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