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Astronomers discover 'young Jupiter' exoplanet Stanford physicist Bruce Macintosh, lead investigator on the Gemini Planet Imager, explains how this planet could help us understand how solar systems form. Jupiter-Like Exoplanet 51 Eridani b. This is an artistic conception of the Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b, with the hot layers deep in its atmosphere glowing through the clouds. Because of its young age, this cousin of our own Jupiter is still hot and carries information on the way it…

Three nearly Earth-size planets found orbiting nearby star. THIS ARTISTIC IMPRESSION SHOWS NASA'S PLANET-HUNTING KEPLER SPACECRAFT OPERATING IN A NEW MISSION PROFILE CALLED K2.

A rendering of NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, which has so far discovered 4,175 potential planets. Credit T Pyle/JPL-Caltech/NASA. Scientists have found more new planets orbiting their stars that look a lot like Earth. The next question: how to study them more closely.

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#Space: #Mercury, the smallest planet, is getting even smaller, scientists say ►http://bit.ly/1kWsPtF via @Natalie Jost Jost Brewer and via @Maxime Dehaye Duprez pic.twitter.com/qzNY0Bni7A