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This artist's concept shows planet KELT-9b, an example of a "hot Jupiter," or a gas giant planet orbiting very close to its parent star. KELT-9b is an extreme example of a hot Jupiter, with dayside temperatures reaching 7,800 degrees Fahrenheit (4,300 Celcius). Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Cooking up alien atmospheres on earth

NASA's JPL scientists are recreating conditions that found in the atmospheres of a special class of exoplanets called 'hot Jupiters' using a high-temperature "oven"...
An artist's concept of the Kepler-1658 system. Sound waves propagating through the stellar interior were used to characterize the star and the planet. Kepler-1658b, orbiting with a period of just 3.8 days, was the first exoplanet candidate discovered by Kepler nearly 10 years ago. Credit: Gabriel Perez Diaz/Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias

Kepler’s first planet candidate confirmed, 10 years later

In February 2019, Ashley Chontos, a graduate student of University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy, confirmed the existence of a massive hot Jupiter Kepler-1658b...
Artist's impression of CI Tau Credit: Amanda Smith, Institute of Astronomy

Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

Specialists have distinguished a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets orbiting around it. It is the first event when that such a...
Scientists Discovered New Twin Planets that could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery

Scientists Discovered New Twin Planets that could Solve Puffy Planet Mystery

How did the largest planets get to be so large? Scientists at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy have recently discovered twin planets that...