New Hot Jupiter marks the first collaborative exoplanet discovery July 18, Researchers led by a team at Keele University have discovered a new 'Hot Jupiter' exoplanet. The newly found alien worlds are generally similar in size, but vary Eight new 'hot Jupiters' discovered by astronomers March 14, European astronomers have detected eight new "hot Jupiter" exoplanets as part of the WASP-South transit survey. The newly discovered gas giants have short orbital periods and masses ranging from 0.
A Practical Guide to Exoplanet Observing
At times, two or more planets pass in front of the star at once. Kind of makes you want to start looking, too, doesn't it? Who do you think you are? Planet-hunting outside our solar system is only for those with advanced science degrees, lab coats and Neil deGrasse Tyson's phone number in their cell phones. The rest of us can spend our nights watching "Extreme Weight Loss" while eating ice cream, ignoring the telescope in the corner that's pointed at the neighbor's house.
Methods of detecting exoplanets
Volunteer Astronomers Find 15 New Exoplanets share Print Amateur astronomers have discovered 15 objects circling distant stars that they believe may be exoplanets capable of supporting life. Working on the Planethunters website, dozens of volunteers scanned data collected by NASA's Kepler space telescope, looking for cyclical dips in the brightness of individual stars. The dips suggest an orbiting planet is passing in front of its host star, periodically blocking its light. The new-found bodies are orbiting in the so-called habitable zone of their respective stars, a region where the temperature is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist, a key condition for life. One Jupiter-size object has been officially confirmed as an exoplanet, named 'PH2 b'.
NASA-funded Program Helps Amateur Astronomers Detect Alien Worlds September 4, [image]A new program will let amateur astronomers detect exoplanets — worlds outside our solar system — by observing nearby bright stars and recording faint dips in their brightness caused by transits from planets in orbit around them. It is available for free online at: A certain fraction of the planets orbiting those stars are aligned such that they transit the star -- that is, they pass in front of the star as seen from earth. The transit will block out just a small amount of that star's light when we view it from Earth.