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lightning storm

EXOPLANET SPARKS Lightning storms on Earth (shown) pale in comparison to those speculated to occur on HAT-P-11b, a planet 124 light-years away.

graph of kepler exoplanets

PLENTY OF PLANETS  The Kepler space telescope has added 1,284 planets to the roughly 1,300 planets already discovered by tracking worlds passing in front of a star.

Dim red star illustration

CLOSE TO HOME A nearby dim red star hosts three possibly rocky worlds, similar to those illustrated here, that are close enough to Earth to search for signs of life.

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