The DARKNESS Instrument Will Block Stars and Reveal Their Planets. 100 Million Times Fainter than the Star

An international team of scientists has developed the DARKNESS camera, which will allow astronomers to directly study planets around nearby stars.

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Proxima Centauri Just Released a Flare so Powerful it was Visible to the Unaided Eye. Planets There Would Get Scorched

According to a new study, Proxima Centauri experiences superflare activity that would likely render its exoplanet (Proxima b) uninhabitable

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A New Extrasolar Planet is as Hot and Dense as Mercury, but 2.5 Times the Mass of Earth

A team of international astronomers recently discovered a Super Earth that has the density of Mercury, and is several times as hot!

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Kepler’s Almost Out of Fuel. It’ll Make its Last Observation in a Few Months

The Kepler mission, which is responsible for the majority of exoplanet discoveries, is running out of fuel and will be making its final discoveries over the next few months.

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