This artist’s conception depicts a violent flare erupting on the star Proxima Centauri as seen from the viewpoint of a planet orbiting the star called Proxima Centauri b.
This artist’s illustration shows the night-side view of the exoplanet WASP-76b, where iron rains down from the sky.
After losing its gaseous envelope, the Earth-size core of an exoplanet formed a second atmosphere. It’s a toxic blend of hydrogen, methane, and hydrogen cyanide that is likely fueled by volcanic activity occurring beneath a thin crust, leading to its cracked appearance.
This illustration shows the metaphorical measuring of the density of each of the seven planets in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 system. New measurements have revealed the most precise densities yet for these planets and they’re very similar — which means they also likely have similar compositions.
This artist’s illustration shows the view from the furthest planet in the TOI-178 system.
This artist’s illustration shows TOI-561b, one of the oldest and most metal-poor planetary systems discovered yet in the Milky Way galaxy. Astronomers found a super-Earth and two other planets orbiting the star.
This massive and distant exoplanet, called HD106906 b, has an elongated and angled orbit that causes it to take 15,000 Earth years to complete one lap around its twin stars.
This is an artist’s impression of a free-floating rogue planet being detected in our Milky Way galaxy using a technique called microlensing. Microlensing occurs when an object in space can warp space-time.
This is an artist’s impression of exoplanet WASP-189 b orbiting its host star. The star appears to glow blue because it’s more than 2,000 degrees hotter than our sun. The planet, which is slightly larger than Jupiter, has a tilted orbit around the star’s poles rather than its equator.
For the first time, an exoplanet has been found orbiting a dead star known as a white dwarf. In this artist’s illustration, the Jupiter-sized planet WD 1856 b orbits the white dwarf every day and a half.
This illustration shows a carbon-rich planet with diamond and silica as ts main minerals. Water can convert a carbon-rich planet into one that’s made of diamonds. In the interior, the main minerals would be diamond and silica (a layer with crystals in the illustration). The core (dark blue) might be made of an iron-carbon alloy.
This image shows a young sun-like star being orbited by two gas giant exoplanets. It was taken by the SPHERE instrument on European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope. The star can be seen in the top left corner,…
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