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  • Lucrezia Irene

    An enormous alien planet — one that is 11 times more massive than Jupiter — was discovered in the most distant orbit yet found around a single parent star The newfound exoplanet, dubbed HD 106906 b, dwarfs any planetary body in the solar system, and circles its star at a distance that is 650 times the average distance between the Earth and the sun. The existence of such a massive and distantly orbiting planet raises new questions about how these bizarre worlds are formed, the researchers said.

  • Laura Nichols

    I want to explore strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations and boldly go where no one has gone before!

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    Doctor Who fans petition to name newly-found planet 'Gallifrey' after home of the Time Lord | Mail Online

  • James Bustamante

    This artist's image shows a newly formed planet swimming through the protoplanetary disk of gas and dust surrounding its parent star. Scientists are investigating how tiny clusters of material contributed to planet formation.

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The Youngest Known ExoplanetCredit: NASAThe youngest exoplanet yet discovered is less than 1 million years old and orbits Coku Tau 4, a star 420 light-years away. Astronomers inferred the planet’s presence from an enormous hole in the dusty disk that girdles the star. The hole is 10 times the size of Earth’s orbit around the Sun and probably caused by the planet clearing a space in the dust as it orbits the star.

|| Astronomers have discovered an Earth-size planet orbiting one of the nearest stars in our galaxy.

Top 5 potentially habitable exoplanets

Scientists have only searched through a tiny fraction of our galaxy, and with the fast advances in technology, we can expect many more interesting discoveries in the future. But for now, check out the handy infographic below, courtesy of Space.com, displaying all known types of alien worlds.

Fastest Planet: SWEEPS-10 orbits its parent star from a distance of only 740,000 miles, so close that one year on the planet happens every 10 hours. The exoplanet belongs to a new class of zippy exoplanets called ultra-short-period planets (USPPs), which have orbits of less than a day.

The rocky alien planet Kepler 186f is an Earth-size world that could have liquid water on its surface, and possibly even life. It orbits a star 490 light-years away. - Credit: Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Newly discovered world orbits twin suns, just like the fictional home of Luke and Anakin Skywalker.

For the first time, scientists studying data from the Kepler Space Telescope have found multiple planets orbiting a binary star.

A Habitable Super-Earth? Newly discovered alien planet HD 40307g may be capable of supporting life as we know it. #infographic

Infographic: The nearest stars, their distances in light-years, spectral types and known planets.