Building a list of Earth candidates
December 14, 2010MIT researchers increase their odds of detecting an Earthlike planet by working on a combination of satellite missions.
Explained: the Doppler effect
August 2, 2010The same phenomenon behind changes in the pitch of a moving ambulance’s siren is helping astronomers locate and study distant planets.
3 Questions: Richard Binzel on astronomers’ powerful new tool
July 12, 2010Pan-STARRS, a telescope designed to reveal the ‘unexpected surprises’ in our solar system, including possible threats to Earth, just became fully operational.
In the search for Earthlike exoplanets, GJ 436b has much to tell us
April 21, 2010First detailed analysis of the atmosphere of a Neptune-sized planet reveals surprisingly low methane levels, presents "new territory" for researching planets outside our solar system
Bartusiak honored by Astronomical Society of the Pacific
April 2, 2010Wins Klumpke-Roberts Award in recognition of her contributions
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Team predicts satellite could locate hundreds of Earth-sized planets
January 12, 2010Researchers say proposed satellite could represent astronomy’s ‘next big leap’ — one that may help find signs of life elsewhere in the universe.
3 Questions: Sara Seager on searching for Earth-like planets
November 23, 2009MIT planetary scientist discusses projects that aim to discover distant planets similar to our own, and what we can learn when we find them
Tracking icy objects, across the globe
October 8, 2009Pilot project sets the stage for MIT-led globe-girdling efforts to learn about icy relics of the solar system's birth.
Oddball stars explained
September 16, 2009New observations solve longstanding mystery of tipped rotation. In addition to shedding light on how binary stars form, the explanation knocks down a possible challenge to Einstein's theory of relativity.
The hunt for dark matter
September 16, 2009MIT physicists are working on new detectors that may, at last, help them find the elusive particles thought to constitute up to a quarter of the universe.
Dark gamma-ray bursts are more flighty than shy, astronomers findSubscribe
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