Tag: Exoplanets

Exoplanets Discovered In TRAPPIST-1 May Have 1,000 Times More Water Than Earth, But This May Be A Problem

Scientists have found that the exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system may have water. Which sounds good, however, the problem is that they may have too much water to support life.

Space March 20, 2018

15 New Exoplanets Are Discovered Including One 'Super Earth' That Could Be Habitable

About 15 new exoplanets were discovered by Japanese researchers including three super-Earths. Out of those three super-Earths, one could be able to host alien life.

Space March 12, 2018

Johns Hopkins Astrophysicist Proposes New Definition For Planets

The debate on planet formation is never ending. Astrophysicist Kevin Shchlaufman presents a new argument that celestial bodies with more than ten times the mass of Jupiter are not planets but brown dwarfs.

Space January 24, 2018

Kepler Telescope Finds 20 Earth-Like Planets Potentially Capable Of Hosting Life

A new analysis of data from the Kepler mission has revealed 20 exoplanets that could support life. A tool called Robovetter was used to create the new catalog.

Space November 1, 2017

Nearby Sun-Like Star Hosts 4 Earth-Sized Planet Candidates

An international team of astronomers discovered four Earth-sized exoplanets amid stellar noise. The planets are within the habitable zone and can be seen from Earth.

Space August 11, 2017

Earth Or Neptune Size? Kepler Telescope Data Divide Planets Into 2 Distinct Buckets

The Kepler space telescope has just revealed 10 new Earth-like planets. But apart from hunting for worlds that potentially harbor alien life, the mission is instrumental in the two distinct planet classifications.

Space June 20, 2017

Water Found In Primitive Atmosphere Of Distant 'Warm Neptune'

A comprehensive study of warm Neptune HAT-P-26b shows a strong water signature and a primitive atmosphere composed of hydrogen and helium. The new data presents diversity in the formation of exoplanets.

Space May 12, 2017

Trappist-1: Could Planets In Recently Discovered Solar System Be Seeding Each Other With Life?

Consequent to the announcement of NASA that seven exoplanets have been discovered, a new study has argued that life forms on one planet can seed life in other planets by riding on space debris to reach other planets.

Space April 30, 2017

Newly Discovered Planet System Trappist-1 Was Named After A Famous Beer Brand

TRAPPIST-1, with its seven Earth-like exoplanets, had been exciting all. Its name alone carries quite an appeal, as it is named after a popular beer brand in Belgium, the homeland of the scientists who discovered the planetary system.

Space March 16, 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

Cosmic Valentine? Far-Off Star Beats Like A Heart In Response To Orbiting Exoplanet

Astronomers have spotted a star beating like a heart in response to an orbiting exoplanet. Star pulsations are nothing new but this is the first time that the phenomenon was attributed to a planet.

Space February 16, 2017

'Hot Jupiters' Can Grow In Size As They Age, Claim Scientists

A new study reveals that 'hot Jupiters' may increase in size as they grow older. HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b are the two exoplanets that the researches have studied.

Space January 28, 2017

NASA Is Looking For Alien Life On Star Wars-Like Planets

NASA is on the search for exoplanets similar to those seen on Star Wars films. Researchers believe worlds such as Kamino, Scarif, Jakku and Jedha may exist in the real-life universe.

Space December 20, 2016

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

Project Blue: Private Space Telescope Aims To Image, Reveal Exoplanets Orbiting Alpha Centauri Star System

A private initiative named Project Blue is getting ready to explore Alpha Centauri — the nearest star system. In an audacious mission, Project Blue aims to be a pioneer in taking the image of larger exoplanets.

Space October 12, 2016

Meet NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite: What’s The TESS Mission Up To?

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission will be a groundbreaking one. It will be going after bright stars to look for rocky planets like Earth and Venus.

Space October 10, 2016

How Exoplanet HD 131399Ab May Have Evolved To Have 3 Stars

How did HD 131399Ab come to have three stars? According to scientists, there are several possible scenarios that could help explain the exoplanet’s unusual system.

Space July 8, 2016

Atmospheric Water On Exoplanets May Be Blocked By Clouds

Most hot Jupiters have been found to possess atmospheric water, but others appear to be without it. New research by NASA suggests that clouds or haze may play a role in this phenomenon.

Space June 10, 2016

Planet Bigger Than Jupiter Found Orbiting Young Star

Astronomers have discovered a planet bigger than Jupiter orbiting a young star. The discovery may give insights into the real processes that occur during planet formation.

Space May 28, 2016

What NASA's Largest Trove Of Newly Discovered Planets Means For The Search For Alien Life

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft discovered a huge trove of exoplanets, nine of which are potentially habitable. Recent discoveries bring scientists closer to identifying alien life.

Space May 11, 2016

NASA Announces 1,284 New Planets: Nine May Be Habitable

The Kepler spacecraft has discovered 1,284 additional exoplanets to go with its vast catalog of alien worlds found since 2009. How did astronomers uncover this treasure trove of planets around other stars?

Space May 10, 2016

Hard-As-Nails Kepler Spacecraft Returns To Health Resuming K2 Mission

You say your exoplanet-hunting spacecraft is acting up? Have you tried turning it off and turning it back on again?

Space April 24, 2016

Free-floating Brown Dwarf In Deep Space Could Provide Clues On How Lone Planets Form

NASA spotted a brown dwarf free-floating in deep space. With no host star, astronomers aim to study its weather patterns and compositions to better understand its formation.

Space April 22, 2016

The Return of Kepler: NASA Brings Planet-Hunter Back From The Dead Again

How did NASA engineers re-establish communications with the Kepler spacecraft, and what will this mean for science? This is the story of how they did it.

Space April 16, 2016

Studying Planetary Magnetosphere May Hold Clue To Earth-Like Life On Exoplanets

Investigating a planet's magnetosphere may hold the clue in determining whether it is habitable or not, a scientist in London suggests. The magnetosphere protects planets like ours from solar disturbances.

Space April 15, 2016

100-Year-Old Astronomical Plate Shows First Evidence Of Exoplanets

Renowned astronomer Walter Adams already caught evidence of exoplanets back in 1917, according to new research. Key to the discovery were unusual elements found on van Maanen's star, a white dwarf discovered the same year Adams created the astronomical plate.

Space April 13, 2016

Hot Super-Earths: Cooked Planets Lose Atmosphere Due To Radiation From Host Stars

The atmospheres of hot super-Earths are being stripped off by nearby host stars, a new study has found. The so-called 'cooked planets' are hounded by radiation, causing them to lose their outer gaseous layer.

Space April 12, 2016

Could Red Dwarfs Be Home To Aliens? SETI Seeks To Find The Answer

Red dwarfs could be the centers of planetary systems housing alien species, SETI astronomers suggest. What makes these small dim stars such an attractive target to discover alien beings?

Space April 1, 2016

NASA's Next-Generation Planet Finder NEID To Help Hunt For Earth-Like Worlds

Scientists are determined to hunt for planets that resemble Earth in the hopes of finding a future home. NASA granted researchers the chance to build a sophisticated instrument that can help detect exoplanets.

Space March 31, 2016

Astronomers Discover Four New Exoplanets Bigger Than Jupiter

Researchers found four new exoplanets that are circling stars more massive than the sun. These giant exoplanets are also 2.4 to 5.5 times bigger than the size of Jupiter. The research supports the theory that massive exoplanets are detected near metal-rich stars.

Space March 18, 2016

Discovery Of Five New Exoplanets Extends Catalogue Of Hot Jupiters

Astronomers have discovered five new exoplanets similar in characteristics to Jupiter. Using Wide Angle Search for Planets-South Or WASP-South, these exoplanets show distinct characteristics of their own.

Space February 17, 2016

Hubble Telescope Sniffs At Atmosphere Surrounding Super-Earth For First Time

The atmosphere of exoplanet 55 Cancri E has been analyzed by spectral analysis. This provides the first 'sniff' at the atmosphere of a super-Earth for the first time.

Space February 16, 2016

NASA Wants To Build A Telescope That Can Potentially Find Signs Of Life In Other Planets

NASA will construct a new telescope that can detect alien life on other planets outside the solar system. This mission aims to assess the prevalence of habitable planets, and determine the atmospheric and surface conditions of exoplanets.

Space February 2, 2016

NASA To Turn Donated Spy Satellite Into Another Hubble-Like Space Telescope (Video)

Repurposed spy satellite will spy on universe's mysteries, including dark energy and exoplanets, NASA says. The space agency is accelerating a program meant to put it into orbit in 2024.

Space January 7, 2016

Researchers Believe These Are The Planets Where Humankind Could Possibly Survive

In a future far, far away, mankind may finally unlock the secrets to human spaceflight that could reach planets beyond our solar system. Before that happens, however, astronomers are first searching for exoplanets where life can thrive.

Space January 5, 2016

Possible Inhabitable 'Super-Earth' Discovered - And It's Not That Far Away (Video)

A planet orbiting a nearby red dwarf star is in the habitable zone, suggesting the possiblity of life, astronomers say. It's the closest such planet to Earth ever found, they note.

Space December 18, 2015

45 Stars And Planets Finally Get Names As International Contest Ends

Astronomy fans in 182 countries around the world voted on names. More than half a million votes were cast.

Space December 17, 2015

Meet Thestias, Spe, Orbitar And More: Humans Just Renamed 14 Stars And 31 Exoplanets

As part of the NameExoWorld contest, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has now released the list of newly adopted names for 14 stars and 31 exoplanets.

Space December 16, 2015

Hubble Eyes Atmospheric Mysteries Of 10 'Hot Jupiter'-Like Planets

Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes help solve mystery of 'missing' water on giant 'hot Jupiter' planets. The water's there, astronomers say, just hidden in the cloudy, hazy atmospheres of the distant exoplanets.

Space December 15, 2015

Astronomers Find The Closest Earth-like Planet Ever Discovered [Video]

A rocky planet just 39 light-years from Earth, similar to our world in size and mass, is being hailed as the 'most important planet ever found outside the solar system.' Scorching temperatures of its atmosphere make it more like Venus, though.

Space November 12, 2015

Young Designer Delivers Infographic Visualizing What 500 Exoplanets Might Look Like In Space

As vast as this graphic is, Martin Vargic's work only represents about 25 percent of all known exoplanets.

Space November 6, 2015

Spiral Arms Around Young Stars Could Be Hiding Giant Planets, Astronomers Say

The disk of dust and gas around two distant stars may be showing signs of giant planets in orbit. Astronomers focused on two distant young stars, SAO 206462 and MWC 758, both of which have surrounding disks that have been pulled or stretched into distinctive spiral shapes.

Space November 2, 2015

A Far Off Star Is Destroying A Neighboring Planet

Kepler 2 data reveals a rocky object being shredded to pieces by a white dwarf.

Space October 22, 2015

Many More Earth-Like Worlds Are Waiting To Be Born, Study Suggests

Earth evolved early in the history of the universe, so the universe is likely to create billions more Earth-like planets throughout its existence, a study suggests. More than 90 percent of such worlds are waiting to come into existence, researchers suggest.

Space October 20, 2015

Astronomers Create New Habitability Ranking For Exoplanets

Powerful telescopes had detected hundreds of exoplanets, causing astronomers to go berserk as to which should be studied first in the quest for life outside Earth. In a new paper, a group of researchers presented a habitability index for ranking exoplanets to aid prioritization schemes.

Space October 9, 2015

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