A solar system located roughly 100 light-years from ours has apparently been concealing an “unusual family” of planets, Harvard-Smithsonian’s Center for Astronomy (CfA) reports.

Researchers analyzing data from NASA’s K2 mission say they’ve found three “super-Earths” orbiting a late K-dwarf star called GJ9827. K-dwarf stars — also known as orange dwarf stars — are main sequence stars that have between 0.65 to 0.84 solar masses.

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The team found that this particular star has three super-Earths in its system, which is sadly not the term given to planets that remember to take their vitamins (truly a missed opportunity). Instead, it’s what astronomers call planets with masses greater than Earth’s but less than Neptune’s. The researchers’ findings have been published in The Astronomical Journal.

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“The three exoplanets have radii of about 1.6, 1.3, and 2.1 Earth-radii respectively,” CfA reports. “These planets orbit very close to the star, with periods of 1.2, 3.6 and 6.2 days respectively, and at these close distances they have fairly hot temperatures, estimated at 1172, 811 and 680 Kelvin.”

Scientists on this study found the three exoplanets in question using the transit method. This common and effective technique analyzes the way light dims in front of a star when an object — in this case, a planet — passes in front.

In order to better understand these planets, scientists need better gear. The researchers report that the planets around GJ9827 likely run the gamut from terrestrial to gaseous, but next-generation telescopes like James Webb will allow them to better peer into the atmospheres of these weird worlds. Hopefully, that particular telescope will be off the ground by spring 2019.

Every new exoplanet brings a new hope of finding dogs in space, and three super-Earths sound like a pretty reasonable place to start looking.

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On Monday, scientists revealed the first images of a human inside the world’s newest total body scanner, called EXPLORER. The name is fitting because this scanner really leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination, tracking the way drugs and disease progress through every nook and cranny in the body.

Designed by biomedical engineering professor Simon Cherry, Ph.D., and biophysicist Ramsey Badawi, Ph.D. at University of California, Davis, this scanner produces images that look like a hybrid between a PET scan (which is often used to find tumors) and an X-ray, all in ghostly black and white. But what’s interesting about EXPLORER, which will be officially unveiled at the Radiological Society of North America meeting on November 24th, isn’t that it produces detailed images of tissues or bones. Cherry tells Inverse that it can also create 3D movies showing where certain drugs may end up in the body.

SpaceX isn’t shy about showing off its rocket recovery capabilities. Most of Falcon 9’s launches culminate with the first stage booster gracefully touching back down on a drone ship. But what isn’t as well-documented is the three-day-long process of getting the rocket from the ocean back to port and onto land. So hobbyist photographer and space enthusiast Stephen Marr decided to film a time-lapse of the process.

The International Space Station received its very own robotic assistant, named Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON), in June. And on November 30, the German astronaut Alexander Gerst tested the spherical A.I. by asking it to play music, help him with an experiment, and to fly around the space station.

The trial run landed somewhere in between silly and creepy. CIMON played the song The Man Machine by Kraftwerk, and seemed to slip up when it told Gerst that he was being mean for no good reason. Then, in an eerier twist, CIMON correctly sensed when the astronaut was getting hungry. This made CIMON seem like the spawn of HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odessey and Amazon’s Alexa.

In 2016, a team of scientists bid goodbye to the spacecraft OSIRIS-REx as it began its two-year journey to Bennu, a mysterious asteroid orbiting the Sun. On Monday around 12 p.m. Eastern, the spacecraft finally approached the asteroid, kicking off a long and delicate process.

Scientists from NASA, the University of Arizona, and Lockheed Martin intend to bring back the first asteroid sample to Earth, and because of Bennu’s ancient origins, hope the samples will teach us about Earth’s history.

NASA’s InSight Mars lander successfully touched down on the red planet on Monday, but its mission is just beginning. After a harrowing descent, as the dust began to settle and NASA officials celebrated the feat, InSight sent back its first image of the monochrome landscape — clearly visible, though somewhat obscured by a dusty lens. This quick turnaround may suggest that InSight is about to unlock the secrets of the red planet any second now, but there’s a good reason that the process will actually move pretty slowly during the early days of its mission.