For the particular study, the researchers used a hypothetical planet with an atmosphere similar to Earth, but with only oceans on the surface. M
The gas giants in our own solar system form not just one, but two belts of debris.
With the attachment, ground-based telescopes can produce measurements of light intensity that rival the highest quality photometric observations from space.
Astronomers design low cost technology that allows Earth based telescopes to observe exoplanets better
The custom "beam-shaping" diffusers are capable of minimising distortions from the atmosphere that can reduce the precision of ground-based observations.
Hubble observes exoplanet so dark that it absorbs 94 percent of the visible starlight that falls on it
The planet is known as WASP-12b and is about 1,400 light years away in the constellation of Auriga.
The exoplanet WASP-19b, which is about the same mass as Jupiter, is so close to its parent star that it completes an orbit in just 19 hours.
The tau Ceti system is an ideal candidate for the search of extraterrestrial life as it has conditions very similar to our own Solar System.
The repeating pattern of transits used to discover the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system has been translated into a melody.
The strongest known evidence has been gathered for a stratosphere on an exoplanet about 900 light years from the Earth, known as WASP-121b.
If the star were to be any smaller, it is believed that the pressure would be too much to allow for the fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium.
The latest release brings up the total planet candidates identified by Kepler to 4,034, out of which 2,335 have been verified as exoplanets.
Frequent solar flares from the host star could be a problem as far as habitability of the exoplanets in orbit around red dwarf stars are concerned.
One side of the planet is in perpetual daylight, and the other side has a never ending night. The dayside temperature is about 4,326 degrees Celsius.
An international group of scientists have launched a major project to study the atmosphere of exoplanets and brown drafts spread across the universe.
The planets are locked in an orbital resonance, each gravitationally tugging the next planet, and keeping it in place.
Using NASA's Kepler space telescope, scientists have confirmed that the outermost and least understood planet in the TRAPPIST-1 system orbits its star every 19 days.
The planet has a very short year because of its proximity to the star, and goes around GJ625 once every fourteen days.
Earth sized exoplanet in orbit around our closest stellar neighbour, Proxima Centauri, could harbour alien life
Computer simulations show that Proxima b could have the potential to be habitable, and could exist in a remarkably stable climate regime.
It is the best known measurement of water on a planet outside the solar system, so far.