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Feature: Exoplanets

2 March 2020

Your Guide to Exoplanets

Learn why and how we study exoplanets, and how you can get involved.

2 March 2020

Our Exoplanets Research

Scientists are searching for 100 Earth-like planets around other stars, and you can help.

Swapna Krishna ● 12 March 2020

What is the Habitable Zone?

The habitable zone is the not-too-hot, not-too-cold region around a star where liquid water can exist.

Emily Lakdawalla ● 2 March 2020

The Different Kinds of Exoplanets
You Meet in the Milky Way

Lava worlds. Hot Jupiters. Earth 2.0 candidates. Here's a rundown of some notable exoplanets.

Emily Lakdawalla & Staff ● 2 March 2020

How to Search for Exoplanets

Some methods almost sound like science fiction: Using gravity as a magnifying glass, watching stars wobble at turtle-like speeds, and searching for tiny dips in starlight.

2 March 2020

Your guide to WFIRST

WFIRST, NASA's Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope, is the next step in our hunt for Earth-sized exoplanets.

Blogs & Articles

The Downlink: Kuiper Belt World Named Gonggong, New InSight Results

The Planetary Society • February 28, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Ganymede's North Pole, A New Asteroid to Explore

Jason Davis • January 17, 2020 • 3

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Mars 2020 Ready to Rove, India to Build Second Lunar Lander

Jason Davis • January 03, 2020

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: CHEOPS Exoplanet Mission Launches, ISS Test Flight Goes Awry

Jason Davis • December 20, 2019 • 3

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Southern Sky from Space, Apollo Moon Sample Opened

Jason Davis • November 08, 2019

Planetary exploration news for busy people

The Downlink: Station Crew Home, Hayabusa2 Deploys Rover

Jason Davis • October 04, 2019 • 2

Planetary exploration news for busy people

Here are some recent postcards from Jupiter

Jason Davis • August 15, 2018 • 4

Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month.

Eleven perijoves

Emily Lakdawalla • May 18, 2018 • 1

Seán Doran has made a cool visual index to the images that JunoCam took during Juno's first 12 closest approaches to Jupiter.

Juno meets Cassini: A new merged global map of Jupiter

Björn Jónsson • May 14, 2018 • 2

The Juno spacecraft that is currently orbiting Jupiter has obtained the first good images of Jupiter's polar regions. I am presenting here a combined global map of Jupiter, made from a Cassini map I made for the equatorial and temperate regions and polar maps made from the Juno JunoCam and JIRAM polar images.

Juno's 12th perijove in lifelike color

Emily Lakdawalla • May 11, 2018 • 3

With the help of some preprocessing of JunoCam images by Mattias Malmer, Don Davis shows us how Jupiter might have looked on April 1, 2018, if we'd been aboard Juno.

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