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Planet-Devouring Star Reveals Possible Limestone Crumbs
July 1 2016

Planet-Devouring Star Reveals Possible Limestone Crumbs

A group of researchers using the W. M. Keck Observatory have discovered a planet-like body…

A newborn giant planet flying close to its star
July 1 2016

A newborn giant planet flying close to its star

For the last 20 years, the giant planets known as hot Jupiters have presented astronomers…

Trottier Foundation donates $1 million towards search for extraterrestrial life
October 7 2015

Trottier Foundation donates $1 million towards search for extraterrestrial life

The Trottier Foundation donates $1 million to Université de Montréal’s Institute for Research on Exoplanets,…

Hot Jupiters orbiting baby stars?
September 9 2015

Hot Jupiters orbiting baby stars?

Although first detected 20 years ago, hot Jupiters are still enigmatic bodies. These celestial objects…

Astronomers discover “young Jupiter” exoplanet
August 13 2015

Astronomers discover “young Jupiter” exoplanet

One of the best ways to learn how our solar system evolved is to look…

Astronomers develop breakthrough optical component for detecting exoplanets close to their host stars
June 22 2015

Astronomers develop breakthrough optical component for detecting exoplanets close to their host stars

Astronomers from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and the University of Arizona (USA) have successfully commissioned…

An odd planet, so far from its star…
November 3 2014

An odd planet, so far from its star…

An international team led by Université de Montréal researchers has discovered and photographed a new…

CFBDSIR 2149, a lonely planet
September 17 2013

CFBDSIR 2149, a lonely planet

A wandering planet, that is a planet not in orbit around a star, was discovered…

Two planets hotter than lava
September 16 2013

Two planets hotter than lava

 Two planets lighter than the Earth! Gilles Fontaine, a professor at the University of…