Tag: exoplanet

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Are Rocky And May Have Water

A new study shows that the planets found in the TRAPPIST-1 system are more Earth-like than previously thought. The planets were found to possibly have as much as 250 times more water than Earth.

Space February 8, 2018

Scientists Find Planets Outside Of The Milky Way Galaxy For The First Time

Astronomers used microlensing to discover planets outside the Milky Way in a galaxy 13,000 light years away from Earth. How does this method help find distant exoplanets?

Space February 4, 2018

Did NASA Find Alien Life? US Space Agency To Announce Kepler Discovery On Thursday

NASA will make an announcement of a new discovery made by Kepler space telescope, the most accomplished planet-hunter in history. Is the news about evidence of life beyond Earth?

Space December 10, 2017

Giant Super Earth May Possibly Host Alien Life

Scientists identified an exoplanet that may have the right conditions to support life. The alien planet K2-18b is located in the habitable zone of its parent star.

Space December 6, 2017

Death Planet: Astronomers Find Exoplanet Almost Made Up Of Carbon Monoxide And Has No Water

Data from the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes suggest that the hot Jupiter WASP-18b has an overabundance of carbon monoxide and little water vapor. The exoplanet may have formed different from other gas giants.

Space December 3, 2017

Ross 128 B: Scientists Discover New Exoplanet Close To Earth That Could Host Life

Ross 128 b possibly lies in the habitable zone, the spot where the temperature is right to allow liquid water to pool on the planet's surface. It orbits one of the quietest stars in the cosmic neighborhood.

Space November 17, 2017

Scientists Just Sent Messages To A Nearby Exoplanet: What Is METI?

A team of scientists and artists sent math tutorials and musical compositions on exoplanet GJ 273 in hopes of communicating with intelligent alien life. Are there possible repercussions to METI's interstellar communication?

Space November 17, 2017

Giant Planet Or Failed Star? Planetary Object With 13 Jupiter Masses Hides At Center Of Milky Way Galaxy

A planetary object was detected hiding at the center of the Milky Way galaxy during a microlensing event. It could either be a giant planet that formed out of the stellar disk or a failed star, based on its mass.

Space November 8, 2017

Sunscreen Snow Falling On Exoplanet Detected By Hubble Space Telescope

Titanium dioxide, an ingredient used by sunscreens, 'snows' in the hot planet Kepler-13Ab. Astronomers also found that the atmosphere of the exoplanet has a characteristic that is different from other hot Jupiters.

Space October 28, 2017

Pitch Black Exoplanet: Hot Jupiter WASP-12b Reflects No Light

Albedo measurements of the exoplanet WASP-12b suggest that the hot Jupiter, located about 1,400 light years away, appears pitch black. What causes the gas giant to reflect no light?

Space September 15, 2017

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Finds Potential Earth Twin Among 10 Earth-Like Exoplanets

One of the 219 planetary candidates found by NASA's Kepler space telescope has characteristics similar to those of Earth. KOI 7711.01 is 30 percent larger than our planet and orbits a sun-like star.

Space June 21, 2017

Cost Of NASA’s Dark Energy Mission Swells: What’s In Store For The Next Big Space Observatory?

It looks like NASA’s much-anticipated WFIRST infrared telescope may go over budget. The agency could be forced to reconsider the design plans for its future big space observatory or even push back its launch date because of financial concerns.

Space June 8, 2017

Scientists Discover New Planet That Is Hotter Than Some Stars

Scientists have discovered a new exoplanet that is hotter than some stars. KELT-9b orbits a blue star that is 650 miles away from the Earth.

Space June 7, 2017

Still Undiscovered, Giant Gas Planet With 50 Times Jupiter’s Mass Could Be Causing Mysterious Eclipses

PDS 110’s mysterious eclipses could be caused by an unknown exoplanet. The gas giant orbiting the star is most likely encircled by a ring of dust, as shown in an artistic rendition of the new planet.

Space June 2, 2017

ESO Begins Construction Of Telescope Big Enough To Find Alien Life

Once finished, the Extremely Large Telescope will be the world's largest optical and infrared telescope. It will be big enough to gather vital information that can help scientists find worlds that likely host alien life.

Space May 29, 2017

Is The Climate On Exoplanet Proxima B Suitable To Sustain Life?

A new study took tentative steps toward exploring the climate of newly-discovered exoplanet Proxima B. The exoplanet is believed to boast an environment that is conducive to support life.

Space May 17, 2017

Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Reveals How Planets Form Around Stars

The metallicity of planets can help scientists determine how and where they formed around their host star. What is metallicity and what does it tell about the warm Neptune exoplanet HAT-P-26b?

Space May 13, 2017

Search For Alien Life: Scientists Discover Massive Earth-Like Planet That Could Be Habitable

An artistic rendition of the newly found super-Earth orbiting a red dwarf star hints at the close distance between the possibly habitable exoplanet and its parent star. The Earth-like planet is the prime candidate for finding signs of alien life.

Space April 20, 2017

Planets Orbiting Double Stars Could Still Be Habitable, Study Finds

A scientific study finds that an Earth-sized water world revolving around two suns could remain habitable at a certain distance — and it won’t become a desert like Tatooine!

Space April 14, 2017

Atmosphere Detected On Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b: How Likely Is It To Host Life?

For the first time, scientists have detected an atmosphere around an exoplanet bolstering the prospects of finding life outside the solar system. Dubbed GJ 1132b, the exoplanet orbits the dwarf star GJ 1132.

Space April 11, 2017

Citizen Scientists Find 4-Planet Solar System In Only 48 Hours

A computer animation of the newly discovered planetary system shows the four exoplanets sit much closer to their star than Mercury to our sun. Part of the Exoplanet Explorers project, this discovery could provide new insights into planet formation.

Space April 8, 2017

Atmosphere Of Hot Steam Detected Around Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b

Astronomers have detected for the first time an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet. Super-Earth GJ 1132b, which revolves around a very low-mass star, is potentially a water world with atmosphere of hot steam.

Space April 6, 2017

Hot Jupiter KELT-16b Spirals To Death As It Orbits Extremely Close To Parent Star

KELT-16b may only have 550,000 years left before it gets destroyed by tidal forces as it orbits very close to its parent star. A red dwarf star is suspected to be behind the hot Jupiter's death spiral into its host star.

Space March 18, 2017

Young Solar System 300 Light-Years Away Shows Scientists How Planets Evolve

Astronomers studying a recently discovered planet gain new insight into how solar systems are formed. Unlike other planets, this one exists outside its debris disk.

Space March 18, 2017

What To Name 7 Newly Discovered Planets, NASA Asks: This Is How Netizens On Twitter Responded

NASA asks Twitter users to help think of new names for the seven planets in the recently discovered Trappist-1 system, and Twitterverse did not disappoint -- or did they?

Space March 2, 2017

Volcanic Hydrogen And Atmospheric Warming Expand Stars’ Habitable Zone By 60 Percent

Volcanic hydrogen and atmospheric warming could increase the stars' habitable zone up to 60 percent. The once-icy exoplanets can be life-sustaining as long as there are volcanoes in view.

Space March 2, 2017

James Webb Space Telescope To Help Reveal Potential Life On TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets

The James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched next year, can help reveal the presence of alien life on the exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 star system. The space observatory will gather clues from the components of the planets' atmospheres.

Space February 25, 2017

Scientists To Launch SPECULOOS In Search For Planets Orbiting 1,000 Dwarf Stars

Scientists scramble to launch more planet-hunting projects following the discovery of the seven-planet system in the ultra-cool dwarf star named TRAPPIST-1. The team of scientists behind TRAPPIST-1 will launch SPECULOOS while NASA will have TESS mission next year.

Space February 25, 2017

TRAPPIST-1 And Its 7 Earth-Sized Planets: Videos, Images, And Everything You Need To Know

Say hello to TRAPPIST-1, a star that's a lot younger than our sun, and the seven planets revolving around it. Here's how scientists discovered them using the Spitzer telescope, and check out what life could be like on these exoplanets.

Space February 24, 2017

Discovery Of 7 Earth-Like Planets Near Dwarf Star Boosts Search For Alien Life

The characteristics and proximity of the seven exoplanets to their host star TRAPPIST-1 raise possibility for finding extraterrestrial life. What could hint the presence of life in these newly discovered planets?

Space February 22, 2017

60 New Planets Found Orbiting Stars Near Solar System

Scientists discovered 60 new exoplanets including a super-Earth orbiting stars near the solar system. How does this challenge conventional ideas about planets?

Space February 16, 2017

Huge Star Database Made Public: Now You Can Discover Exoplanets At Home

An international team has released a huge dataset of astronomical observations, including over 1,600 nearby stars. With this new development, you can now search for 'alien worlds' in the comfort of your own home.

Space February 15, 2017

Super Earth Capable Of Supporting Life, Scientists Claim

The Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey has claimed it found a hot super-Earth, from the 60 new exoplanets discovered and 54 identified as potential planets. It said Gliese 411-b could be Earth-like with the right conditions to support life.

Space February 15, 2017

Proxima B Update: Planet In Red Dwarf Habitable Zone May Not Support Life

Exoplanet Proxima B, touted as the “Earth Next Door,” may not be so habitable after all. In a new planet model, NASA scientists suggest that the atmosphere of such exoplanets may be threatened by oxygen loss.

Space February 9, 2017

Researchers Analyzing Nearby 'Super-Earth' In Search Of Life

Scientists have been searching for life on a nearby exoplanet. The Super-Earth, dubbed Wolf 1061c, may possibly be conducive to life as it is in a habitable location.

Space January 21, 2017

Winds Of Rubies And Sapphires: Powerful Winds Detected On Gas Giant Outside The Solar System For The First Time

Researchers have observed powerful winds for the first time in a gas planet located outside of the solar system. The winds brewing in HAT-P-7b contain a mineral that forms rubies and sapphires.

Space December 13, 2016

Exoplanet Proxima B Orbiting Star Near Sun May Have Liquid Ocean

Proxima B is a good candidate for finding alien life outside of the solar system. Now, computer simulations revealed the surface of the exoplanet could be covered by an ocean.

Space October 9, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Spots Exoplanet Orbiting 2 Stars

Using gravitational microlensing and data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers confirmed the presence of a new alien planet that orbits two stars. What makes the discovery of this exoplanet different from those of other Tatooine-like worlds?

Space September 22, 2016

ALMA Spots Signs Of Icy Giant Planet Forming In Young Star's Dust Cloud

Astronomers found signs of planet formation in a disk surrounding the young star TW Hydrae. Observations using ALMA revealed the exoplanet could be an icy giant just like the solar system’s Neptune.

Space September 18, 2016

Exoplanet Proxima B Is 'Earth Next Door': Why The Discovery Is Important

At more than 4 light-years away from Earth, there lies the closest potentially habitable exoplanet that scientists have ever detected. Known as Proxima b, the exoplanet is being touted as the 'Earth Next Door.'

Space August 25, 2016

Rocky, Venus-Like Exoplanet Might Contain Oxygen In Its Atmosphere

A rocky, Venus-like exoplanet first reported in 2015 may potentially contain signs of oxygen in its atmosphere. However, the potential presence of oxygen does not mean that the exoplanet is habitable.

Space August 22, 2016

Two Rocky, Earth-Sized Exoplanets May Be Habitable: MIT Study

The innermost exoplanets located in the TRAPPIST-1 star system may be habitable, a new study has revealed. Scientists uncovered both exoplanets' atmospheric conditions during a double transit.

Space July 21, 2016

Seasons Last Longer: Newly Discovered Exoplanet Experiences Triple Sunsets, Sunrises

Imagine being able to watch three suns rise and set every day, or even watch as one sun sets and another rises in exactly the same moment. Such are the conditions in an exoplanet detected by University of Arizona scientists.

Space July 8, 2016

My Three Suns: Newly Discovered Planet Orbits Trio Of Stars

The Very Large Telescope in Chile was used to discover a new exoplanet four times larger than Jupiter. What is so unusual about this massive world?

Space July 8, 2016

What Scientists Could Learn From Baby Exoplanet K2-33b

Exoplanet K2-33b is the youngest fully formed exoplanet ever detected by NASA. The discovery of this baby exoplanet could teach us about the ABC's of planetary formation.

Space June 22, 2016

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