Reasons to Believe

Extrasolar Planets

  • Planet Smaller than Earth Discovered

    You might have seen- NASA, NASA'S Spitzer Finds Evidence for an Exoplanet Smaller than Earth , July 18, 2012; more

  • Can Planets form around Metal-Poor Stars?

    You might have seen TIME, Star Lite: You Don't Need Heavy Metals to Build a Good Planet, June 13, 2012;,8816,2117179,00.html# more

  • New Exoplanet May Turn to Dust

    You might have seen Science Daily Newfound Exoplanet May Turn to Dust: Planet’s Dust Cloud May Explain Strange Patterns of Light from Its Star, May 18, 2012; … more

  • Billions of Habitable Planets

    You might have seen, 'Tens of billions' of habitable exoplanets in Milky Way, Mar 28, 2012; more

  • Through the Lens: Astronomy, "Rocky Exoplanets"

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  • TNRTB Classic: Exoplanet Studies

    Despite the probable existence of billions of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, evidence continues to demonstrate that Earth may be alone in manifesting all the attributes for sustaining advanced life. … more

  • Chaos versus Order in Planetary Systems

    For the first time, new computer simulation studies reveal what makes our solar system so special and why, despite the probable existence of billions of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, Earth may be … more

  • Steamy Alien Planet

    You might have seen Yahoo! News, "New Type of Alien Planet Is a Steamy 'Waterworld'" Feb 21, 2012; more

  • Alien Planet Could Support Life

    You might have seen Scientific American, "Newfound Alien Planet is Best Candidate Yet to Support Life, Scientists Say" Feb 01, 2012; … more

  • 160 Billion Alien Planets

    Yahoo! News, "160 Billion Alien Planets May Exist in Our Milky Way Galaxy" Jan 11, 2012; more

  • Knowing the Basics – RTB 101

    My family likes to play a puzzle-solving game called Mindtrap. After reading the puzzle from a card, we think, discuss, and analyze how to solve the problem. Often the solution becomes apparent (and … more

  • Habitable Zone Planet Discovered

    Yahoo! News, "NASA Telescope Confirms Alien Planet in Habitable Zone" Dec 06, 2011; more