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Nine Earth-like planets

There are nine Earth-like planets detectable in the Kepler data set… better get searching!

Kepler-10c: A Huge Rocky Exoplanet

According to planet formation theory, gas giants are more massive than rocky, terrestrial planets. But Kepler-10c is the size of Neptune, and denser than the Earth! Read on to find out more about the discovery of a new class of planets.

A super-precise super-Earth: measuring a planet’s radius to within 120 km

Kepler-93b is a super-Earth with a radius of 1.481 Earth radii, plus or minus Long Island.

Albedos of Super Earths

This paper introduces a new method of searching for occultations in Kepler data to study the albedos of close in super-Earths.

Testing the Titius-Bode law on exoplanets

From examining extrasolar planetary systems, we can test if the Titius-Bode “law” is actually a law.

Exomoons disguised as aliens

Exoplanets with moons could mimic alien life-signs.

Binary Hunting with Phase Variations

How do pulsating stars give away their secret identities as binary dance partners? In this paper, the authors demonstrate a new way to not only detect binaries we may have missed in the Kepler data, but also to measure their velocities without spectra.

Kepler Discovers a Self-Lensing Star System

Kepler finds the signature of a transiting white dwarf. Instead blocking the light of its companion star, the white dwarf magnifies it, creating a light curve that periodically brightens.

Can planets and stars spin in unison?

The orbits of some recently discovered exoplanets seem to be synchronised with the rotation of their host stars. Can this mystery be explained?

Linking Stellar Age, Rotation, and Magnetic Activity

We have repeatedly seen how Kepler goes above and beyond its original mission of finding exoplanets. Today’s paper is no exception.

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