The Kepler space telescope will run out of fuel and end its mission within several months, NASA said. The spacecraft, which has survived through several close calls, has detected 2,245 exoplanets and will continue collecting data until it shuts down.
Space March 15, 2018
Astronomy enthusiasts can now hunt alien planets. A newly released Google code, which helped with the discovery of two exoplanets using data gathered by the Kepler space telescope, is now open-sourced and available to the public.
Space March 12, 2018
The Kepler-90 star has an eighth planet, Kepler-90i, which orbits it. Scientists found the exoplanet with the help of artificial intelligence and data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.
Space December 15, 2017
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
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
A team of astronomers has announced the first detection of a possible exomoon 4,000 light years away. The candidate’s status may be confirmed by October 2017.
Space July 30, 2017
Astronomer Jerry Nelson's design has changed telescopes forever, as seen in the James Webb Space Telescope being constructed at present. Nelson has died at age 73 after a long fruitful career.
Space June 23, 2017
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
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
Are we alone in the universe? NASA's latest findings reveal 10 new planets which may be capable of supporting life.
Space June 19, 2017
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
The star Kepler 11145123, located about 5,000 light-years away from Earth, is the roundest object measured in the universe. What influences the star's roundness?
Space November 17, 2016
NASA’s Kepler space telescope has spotted a large number of celestial bodies known as heartbeat stars. The heartbeat stars are binary stars that orbit each other in an elongated elliptical pathway.
Space October 28, 2016
While the Rosetta mission successfully ended on Sept. 30, 2016, NASA's Kepler observed the big picture of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, providing scientists with a complementary analysis of its activity.
Space October 10, 2016
The star KIC 8462852 has shown a bizarre pattern in diminishing its activity. In the four years it was being monitored NASA's Kepler telescope, it appeared to lose 3 percent of its brightness, a colossal amount.
Space October 6, 2016
The infant super-Neptune K2-33b is the youngest fully formed planet found orbiting an alien star. The exoplanet is estimated to be only between 5 to 10 million years old.
Space June 21, 2016
A 22-year-old astronomy student at the University of British Columbia has identified four planet candidates as part of her coursework. Once the new planets are confirmed, she could become one of the youngest ever to accomplish such a feat.
Space May 31, 2016
A new study found that the dwarf planet 2007 OR10, nicknamed 'Snow White,' is much bigger and darker than previously believed. This makes Snow White the third biggest dwarf planet in our solar system.
Space May 13, 2016
What does it mean to humans to finally find an alien Earth and, via a successful search for exoplanets that are similar to the living planet, confirm that we are not alone in the vast universe?
Space May 12, 2016
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
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
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
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
Kepler Spacecraft has finally recovered. The reason why it switched to emergency mode is still uncertain, but experts have started ruling out possibilities.
Space April 12, 2016
The planet-hunting Kepler observatory is in emergency mode, hampering observations of distant planets. Can the vehicle be revived for the mission to continue?
Space April 11, 2016
Superflares have been spotted taking place on other stars, events which could be devastating to Earth if they took place in our own solar system. Is it possible our own sun may one day send such a powerful blow toward our own planet?
Space March 26, 2016
For the first time, astronomers witnessed the elusive shock breakout in a supernova. This was made possible by NASA's Kepler space telescope, which caught two massive stars exploding.
Space March 23, 2016
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
Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Germany have developed the first age map of the Milky Way. With this map, the team was able to chart how the spiral galaxy evolved throughout billions of years.
Space January 9, 2016
NASA space telescopes have spotted a dark, swirling storm on a relatively cool, distant star. The storm is similar to the Great Red Spot on Jupiter in our solar system, researchers say.
Space December 11, 2015
For the first time, scientists made observations from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft of a white dwarf in the process of consuming a disintegrating rocky body. The white dwarf was ripping it apart by its extreme gravity and turning it into dust.
Space October 22, 2015
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 have begun to monitor the skies for any signs of intelligent alien life through the use of the ATA, radio dishes that are spread out near San Francisco. They believe that these satellite dishes can distinguish signals coming from star systems.
Space October 20, 2015
The star KIC 8462852 dims inexplicably every couple of years, and even such activity is not attributed by an astronomy team to orbiting planets. The astronomers say they have never seen anything like it, while others speculate the presence of an 'alien megastructure.'
Space October 16, 2015
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope detects unusual light pattern in KIC 8462852 that indicates a mess of objects orbiting it in tight formation. Experts consider the possibility of an alien megastructure designed to harness energy from the star.
Space October 15, 2015
Scientists have found a distant dying star with a wildly erratic "pulse." Most such stars pulse at a steady rhythm, never missing a beat over decades, they say.
Space August 31, 2015
Astronomers find a planet enough like Earth to raise the intriguing possibility of life possibly evolving there as it did on our planet, astronomers say. Planet Kepler 425b is near Earth-sized, with an Earth-like orbit around a star very much like our sun.
Space July 26, 2015
NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered an exoplanet with nearly the same size as the Earth in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. Dubbed Kepler-452b, the new found planet orbits around a sun-like star 1.5 billion years older than the sun.
Space July 25, 2015
Cloudy mornings and scorching hot afternoons: the Kepler space telescope has provided weather forecasts for some distant exoplanets.
Space May 12, 2015
NASA has launched the Nexus for Exoplanet System Science (NExSS) program as part of the space agency's efforts to discover alien life in other planets. This endeavor involves the creation of a model of the Earth's climate and comparing it with similar climates in other worlds to help narrow down the search.
Space April 23, 2015
Scientists suggest that there may be billions of planets that can support life. Every star is believed to have two planets that can support the existence of water.
Space February 6, 2015
Data from NASA's Kepler space telescope led to the discovery of five planets orbiting Kepler-444, an 11.2-billion-year-old star that is almost as old as the universe.
Space January 28, 2015
Alien life could soon be found by astronomers, as a new lineup of tools become available to astronomers. What new instruments could be used to find life around other stars?
Space January 13, 2015
Two Earth-like planets have been discovered by astronomers studying data from the Kepler Space Telescope. What do we know about these alien worlds?
Space January 9, 2015
The Kepler spacecraft has discovered an exoplanet for the first time since the new K2 mission started, reviving the once-defunct observatory.
Space December 19, 2014