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Exoplanets

Exoplanets or extrasolar planets, are planets that orbit a star other than Sun. A few hundred exoplanets have been detected till now around nearby stars. With more sophisticated telescopes and techniques, scientists expect to find a large number of exoplanets in the near future. It is estimated that at least 10% of sun-like stars have planets, and some of them may have conditions that can support life, although most likely significantly different from life as we know on Earth.
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Exoplanets
Grade: 3 - 12
Exoplanets for kids - learn what they are, where they are, and how scientists find them.
5:45
 

The Art of Exoplanets
Grade: 3 - 12
Exoplanets are all too small and distant to fill even a single pixel in our most powerful telescopes. That's why science must rely on art to help us imagine these strange new worlds. Exoplanet art inspired by the real science helps fill in the gaps in our imagination.
3:30
 

New Earth-like Extra-solar Planet
Grade: 3 - 12
Learn about an exoplanet discovered (OGLE-2005-BLG-390Lb) 26,000 light years from Earth. Announced Jan 2006, it is most similar to Earth than any other previous exoplanet observed.
3:15
 

Astronomers find first Earth-like Planet in Habitable Zone
Grade: 3 - 12
Learn about the discovery of an exoplanet about 5 times the mass of the Earth that orbits a red dwarf, already known to harbor a Neptune-mass planet.
4:40
 

Alien Planets
Grade: 3 - 12
An introduction to alien planets.
2:05
 

Is Intelligent Life Out There?
Grade: 3 - 12
The video explores the question - Is there intelligent life out there?
5:05
 

First Organic Molecules Found on an Alien World
Grade: 3 - 12
In this presentation, scientists describe the discovery of organic molecules on the exoplanet HD 189733b.
1:50
 

Hubble Space Telescope Directly Observes Exoplanet
Grade: 3 - 12
Learn about an extrasolar planet discovered by the Hubble Space Telescope, for the first time using direct visible-light imaging. The strange world is far-flung from its parent star, is surrounded by a colossal belt of gas and dust, and may even have rings more impressive than Saturn's.
5:40
 

First Direct Photos of Exoplanet
Grade: 3 - 12
Hubble directly observes a planet orbiting another star. The planet, called 'Fomalhaut b' is estimated to be no more than three times Jupiter's mass. It orbits the bright southern star Fomalhaut, located 25 light-years away.
3:35
 

Evaporating Exoplanet hd209458b
Grade: 3 - 12
Video of observations made by European astronomers of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the constellation of Pegasus, 150 light-years away from Earth. The radius of the planet's orbit is 7 million km which results in a 3.5 Earth day year.
2:25
 

The Universe - Alien Planets - part 1/5
Grade: 3 - 12
Explore bizarre and alien worlds that stretch our imagination - planets with iron rain and hot ice, with diamonds everywhere, and endless oceans of gas. Planets with strange orbital patterns, and planets that drift alone in the Milky Way. Planets so bizarre we never could have predicted them before.
9:45
 

The Universe - Alien Planets - part 2/5
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The Universe - Alien Planets - part 3/5
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8:40
 

The Universe - Alien Planets - part 4/5
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7:40
 

The Universe - Alien Planets - part 5/5
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8:30
 

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