Scientists from NASA’s Ames Research Center have announced that the NASA Kepler Mission has discovered a new planetary system with the smallest planet ever found orbiting a star similar to that of our own sun.
In Voyager 2 made our first close encounter with the stunning blue planet Neptune. Its surprisingly turbulent, storm-laden atmosphere, this far from the sun, was clearly being driven by heat from deep within the planet [Photo: Nasa/Corbis]
Monster planet found orbiting dwarf star: 'surprised' astronomers - An artist's rendition of the huge planet left, with its neighbouring sun -- a discovery that challenges existing theories on how planets are created
Mass one-thousandth that of the Sun but is two and a half times the mass of all the other planets in our Solar System combined. Jupiter is classified as a gas giant along with Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Gliese 667 Cc times Earth's mass) orbits red dwarf star Gliese 667 C, the smallest star in a triple-star system about light years away from us. Analyses have shown 667 Cc to be in the habitable zone and a leading contender to harbor life.
Could Humans Colonize A Planet With Stronger Gravity? With the recent explosion of extrasolar planet discoveries, some nearby, astronomers and space buffs wonder how habitable some of these planets would be for humans.