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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

Emily Lakdawalla's Recommended Space Books for Kids, 2018

Emily Lakdawalla • November 14, 2018

Welcome to my 10th annual list of recommended space books for kids! Fiction, nonfiction, biography; poetry, prose, and pictures; it's all here.

What to Expect When InSight Lands on Mars

Emily Lakdawalla • November 12, 2018 • 6

If all goes well, anxious space fans on Earth will learn of a successful InSight landing on Mars on Monday, 26 November 2018, at 19:53 UTC. Here's a preview of all the landing day events.

How I created a Jupiter rotation video using Hubble data

Judy Schmidt • November 09, 2018 • 1

Judy Schmidt shares the technique she used to make a beautiful new animation of Jupiter.

Here's (almost) everything you need to know about Israel's Moon lander

Jason Davis • November 08, 2018 • 2

SpaceIL, a privately funded Israeli non-profit, will attempt to land a small spacecraft on the Moon in early 2019.

What the 2018 midterms mean for NASA and planetary science

Casey Dreier • November 07, 2018 • 2

The 2018 midterms swept away a number of NASA advocates in Congress, though looming budgetary battles may end up having more direct impacts on space than any one elected official.

Farewell, Kepler

Jason Davis • October 30, 2018 • 4

NASA's Kepler space telescope helped us find our place in the cosmos.

LightSail 2 launch pushed to early 2019

Jason Davis • October 29, 2018 • 2

An Air Force official says an ‘initial launch capability’ is being reassessed.

In search of ice and fire: Europa analog fieldwork in Iceland, 2018

Conor Nixon • October 24, 2018 • 2

The terrain of Iceland – the Land of Ice and Fire – has some very interesting similarities to Europa.

Following perfect launch, BepiColombo takes self-portraits from space

Emily Lakdawalla • October 22, 2018

BepiColombo's launch was nominal -- the best thing any launch can be. Following launch, the spacecraft documented successful solar array and antenna deployments with self-portraits.

Dawn Journal: 11 Years in Space

Marc Rayman • October 19, 2018 • 8

Dawn is celebrating its 11th anniversary of spaceflight. This is the last dawnniversary the spacecraft will see.

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