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Kepler Space Telescope Detects New Solar System Twins: 1 Hosts 3 Earth-Sized Exoplanets

One of the newly discovered Solar System twins hosts three rocky planets that are similar to Earth’s size. Scientists said the temperatures in these exoplanets could be dozens higher than Earth due to the strong radiation of their stars.

Space June 11, 2018

NASA Will Soon Launch TESS: The Kepler Successor Will Look For Earth 2.0 And Alien Life

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, will launch on April 16. The TESS mission is the next attempt of NASA to search for exoplanets, continuing the work of the Kepler space telescope.

Space April 9, 2018

Kepler Space Telescope Captures Violent Death Of Cocooned Star

For the first time, an international team of astronomers chanced upon a Fast-Evolving Luminous Transit. The rare explosion of the cocooned star has occurred 1.3 billion light-years away from the Earth.

Space March 27, 2018

NASA Kepler Spacecraft Nears Death: Fuel To Run Out Within Several Months

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

New Open Source Google Code Analyzes Kepler Data To Find Signals Of Alien Planets

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

NASA Finds 8th Planet Orbiting Around Distant Star

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

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

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

Did Astronomers Just Discover A Neptune-Sized Exomoon Orbiting Kepler-1625b?

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, Builder Of Advanced Telescopes, Dies At 73

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

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

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

NASA Discovers 10 New Planets That Could Support Life Including Earth's 'Cousin'

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

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

Distant Star Kepler 11145123 Is Roundest Object In The Universe

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

Astronomers Characterize Largest Batch Of ‘Heartbeat Stars’ In Study

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

NASA Planet-Hunting Kepler Spacecraft Captures ‘Big Picture’ Of Comet 67P

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

Mysterious Star KIC 8462852 Continues To Dim And Astronomers Still Don’t Know Why

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

Kepler Finds Youngest Planet Around Alien Star: Neptune-Size K2-33b Exoplanet Is Only 10 Million Years Old

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

Astronomy Student Discovers 4 Planet Candidates Using Kepler Space Telescope Data

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

Dwarf Planet Snow White Bigger Than Previously Believed

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

Alien Earth Remains Elusive Despite Discovery Of More Than 1,000 Exoplanets

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

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

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

NASA Kepler Spacecraft Recovers: The Reason Why It Switched To Emergency Mode

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

Can Kepler Telescope Be Brought Back From Emergency Mode And What Would It Mean If It Can't?

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

Superflare From Sun Could Wipe Out LIfe On Earth

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

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Catches Flash Of Exploding Star For The First Time

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 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

Galactic Archaeology: Scientists Create Age Map Of The Milky Way

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

Massive Storm Seen Raging Across Surface Of A Distant Star

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

Real Life 'Death Star' Caught Destroying A Planet

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

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

Search For Intelligent Aliens Near KIC 8462852 Star Begins: SETI Astronomers Use ATA To Find Signs Of Advanced Technologies

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

NASA's Kepler Telescope Finds Unusual Star With Strange Light Patterns

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

Has NASA Found An Alien Civilization? Kepler Discovers Star Orbited By Mess Of Mysterious Objects

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

Dying Stars Can Display 'Irregular Heartbeats,' Astronomers Find

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

Kepler-452b: Discovery Of Near Earth-Size Planet Will Help Scientists Understand Earth's Evolving Environment

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

Kepler-452b: Earth's Older Cousin Is A Bit Bigger And Located Where Alien Life Is Possible

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

Astrophysicists Can Now Make Weather Forecasts For Distant Planets

Cloudy mornings and scorching hot afternoons: the Kepler space telescope has provided weather forecasts for some distant exoplanets.

Space May 12, 2015

NASA Hoping To Find Alien Life By Funding NExSS

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

Researchers Say Billions Of Earth-Like Planets That Can Support Life May Be Out There

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

Kepler Discovers Ancient Star System With 5 Exoplanets Nearly As Old As The Universe

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

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