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How many other ‘Earths’ are out there?

John Kerr posted in on April 4th, 2013.

New Zealand researchers are proposing a new method for identifying and recording Earth-like planets orbiting distant stars, anticipating there could be 100 billion such planets in the Milky Way alone. Dr Phil Yock from the University of Auckland and colleagues are proposing to combine data from the NASA Kepler space telescope with a technique called […]

NZ researchers shine light on crowded Milky Way

John Kerr posted in on January 12th, 2012.

A hunt for extrasolar planets has revealed that, on average, every star in the Milky Way has at least one companion planet. New Zealand researchers have participated in the work,  published in Nature, which found  that stars in our galaxy have an average of 1.6 planets orbiting them. The study is the product of  the […]

Kiwis’ ‘Rogue’ planets capture otherworldy attention

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2011.

New Zealand astronomers and astrophysicists have helped identify a collection of Jupiter-sized free-floating planets that do not orbit stars, but instead drift through space. This first-of-its-kind discovery has captured the attention of the news media. The discovery of the exoplanets differs from those observed in the last 15 years, as these lonely planets are not […]

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