NASA's Kepler discovers first Earth-size planet in the 'habitable zone' of another star

Using NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" -- the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun.

NASA's Kepler finds 715 new worlds

Earlier this week, NASA's Kepler mission announced the discovery of 715 new planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.

Kepler finds a very wobbly planet

Imagine living on a planet with seasons so erratic you would hardly know whether to wear Bermuda shorts or a heavy overcoat. That is the situation on a weird, wobbly world found by NASA's planet-hunting Kepler space telescope.

Bright star reveals new exoplanet

By studying the star around which the planet revolves, they found that the star's rotation appears to be well-aligned with the planetary movement. The object can be well-studied because the star is relatively bright, it can be seen if strong binoculars are used.

Astronomers answer key question: How common are habitable planets?

NASA's Kepler spacecraft, now crippled and its four-year mission at an end, nevertheless provided enough data to complete its mission objective: to determine how many of the 100 billion stars in our galaxy have potentially habitable planets.

NASA's Kepler ushers in a new era of astronomy

Scientists from around the world are gathered this week at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., for the second Kepler Science Conference, where they will discuss the latest findings resulting from the analysis of Kepler Space Telescope data. Included in these findings is the discovery of 833 new candidate planets, which will be announced today by the Kepler team.

NASA's Kepler discovers three super-Earth-size planets in "habitable zone"

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water.

Understanding Kepler's supernova

An analysis of X-ray observations from the Japan-led Suzaku satellite indicates that an exploding star observed in 1604 by the German astronomer Johannes Kepler held a greater fraction of heavy elements than the sun.

Cray bites the bullet on mother of all computers

The roll out of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's "Titan" super computer is being delayed because the Cray motherboards have too much gold in them. According to Slashdot, the boards have to be sent back to Cray because the gold connectors have prevented it from working.

Moon-sized planet found orbiting sun-like star

NASA's Kepler mission has found the smallest planet yet around a star similar to our sun.

Earthlike planets could be close at hand

There's probably an Earth-sized planet with a comfortable temperature as little as 13 light years away, data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope implies.

Newfound planet is best candidate yet for life

Scientists with NASA's Kepler mission say they believe they've found the most Earthlike exoplanet yet.

Pair of planets found orbiting twin suns

NASA's Kepler mission has for the first time discovered multiple planets orbiting a pair of stars, showing it's possible for more than one planet to be formed and survive in such a chaotic environment.

Dozens of new exoplanets discovered

Two teams of astronomers using NASA's Kepler space telescope have discovered 41 new transiting planets in 20 star systems. They up the total number by more than 50 percent, to 116 planets in 67 systems.

New-found solar system looks like our own

Astronomers have discovered the first exoplanetary system to look like our own solar system, with regularly-aligned planets.

Twin planets orbit distant star together

Astronomers have discovered two neighboring planets - one a bigger version of Earth - orbiting closer to each other than any planets discovered before.

Earth-sized planets may be plentiful

There could be many more small planets than previously thought, thanks to the discovery that they don't need to form around stars rich in heavy elements.

Nvidia's Kepler: Changing the world one computer at a time

This week I’m at the Nvidia GTC (GPU Technology Conference), where Nvidia is showcasing the massive advancements it has made in the realm of supercomputing and the lucrative graphics space.

Nvidia showcases new Kepler-powered Tesla GPUs

Nvidia is showcasing two new Kepler-powered Tesla GPUs at its annual GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California.



Report: Next-gen MacBooks go Nvidia

A new report indicates that Apple has chosen Nvidia GPUs to power its next-gen MacBooks.