There’s a star in the Big Dipper that doesn’t quite belong in the Milky Way. Instead, it’s an interloper that drifted in from another galaxy.
Space May 11, 2019
Exoplanets are planets that orbit another star. To further understand how the atmospheres of exoplanets known as hot Jupiters are formed, NASA combined chemicals and heated them in a furnace, inside a lab.
Space March 19, 2019
New research claimed that planets which are part of a binary system might support life. The conditions near two orbiting stars can support the existence of water and might be suitable for complex molecules to jump-start life.
Space March 9, 2019
Researchers found that hardy microbes found in Earth’s Arctic regions could possibly survive the extreme Martian climate. The findings raise expectations for the survivability of bacteria in other worlds.
Space July 7, 2018
An MIT astronomer theorized that humans are not alone in the universe. Among the 10 theories he proposed, the zoo hypothesis has spawned the most reactions, as it asserts that aliens are quietly but carefully observing mankind.
Space January 2, 2018
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
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
A space enthusiast spotted a UFO orbiting the sun. The UFO hunter says the mysterious object, which was captured by a camera on NASA's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, appears like it was sucking the sun’s energy to proliferate itself.
Space September 21, 2016
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
Astronomers have now peered beneath the outer layer of clouds on Jupiter using a powerful network of radio telescopes. What did they find?
Space June 2, 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
A nearby star system appears to be forming planets, and one of these may resemble a young Earth. What do we know about TW Hydrae?
Space March 31, 2016
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
Astronomers have imaged an exoplanet - 51 Pegasi b - in visible light for the first time ever. What could this mean for the future of astronomy?
Space April 22, 2015
The HR8799 star system is examined like never before in infrared light. What did astronomers find in this alien solar system?
Space April 22, 2015
The search for galactic emissions of radiation which could signal the presence of advanced alien civilizations has failed to find any, researchers say. Survey of data from NASA satellite failed to find any radiation 'smoking gun' of such a civilization's existence, they report.
Space April 14, 2015
An old hypothesis is being used to study alien solar systems, but what could this mean for the hunt for life on other planets?
Space March 18, 2015
Alien life may, one day, be found on mini-Neptunes, former gas giants shaped by their suns into habitable worlds. How would this process work?
Space January 29, 2015
Planetary formation in super-Earths circling distant stars has been modeled by physicists using powerful lasers. What surprising results did the experiment reveal?
Space January 23, 2015
Researchers claim a spectral particle that looks like a wisp of smoke could be proof that we aren’t the only living creatures in the universe.
Space January 20, 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 spin rate of stars could help astronomers find intelligent life on other planets, a new study reveals. How does this work?
Space January 5, 2015
What were the greatest NASA moments of 2014? One was the discovery of the first-known Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of its star. Check out the others.
Space December 27, 2014
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
Expolanets close to their suns could be detected due to warping from gravity, according to new research.
Space December 15, 2014
Stars like our own sun are not likely to be surrounded by dust, but what does that mean for the search for Earth-like planets?
Space December 4, 2014
The magnetic field of Planet HD 209458b has been measured for the first time, using a novel method that could be used to study other alien worlds. How did they do it?
Space November 23, 2014
The atmosphere of exoplanet WASP-43b has been examined in great detail by a pair of studies. What did astronomers learn about this distant world?
Space October 10, 2014
Water vapor has been seen in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b, along with unusually clear skies. Could alien life exist there?
Space September 25, 2014
Alien worlds may be forming around a star called NGC 2547-ID8 and astronomers may have just seen evidence of the collision between two massive asteroids.
Space August 29, 2014
Older worlds with planetary companions may be the place to find the most ancient life in the galaxy, according to a new study.
Space August 1, 2014
Water on other worlds may be harder to find than astronomers believed, according to a study of three hot Jupiters circling other worlds.
Space July 26, 2014
Kepler 421b - an exoplanet with a year nearly as long as Mars, has been discovered in data from the Kepler Spacecraft.
Space July 24, 2014
Gliese 581g was thought to be the first planet known in the habitable zone of another star. Now, it appears the planet was an optical illusion.
Space July 7, 2014
Kepler-10c, a world many times more massive than Earth, has been recognized as a member of a new class of planet. What does that mean for the chance of alien life there?
Space June 3, 2014
Titan is the only satellite in the known solar system with a dense atmosphere. Studies of sunsets seen through haze led the way to a new technique to study alien worlds.
Space May 29, 2014
The K2 mission will provide the orbiting Kepler telescope with a new mission. This could mean the discovery of thousands of new planets.
Space May 18, 2014
An exoplanet that may be the most Earth-like planet yet discovered could house life - but don't get excited about the prospect just yet.
Space April 20, 2014
A moon orbiting a distant planet around an alien world may have been detected, marking the first known exomoon.
Space April 11, 2014
Autonomous telescope joins hunt for alien planets and has already found new planets around distant stars.
Space March 29, 2014
Researches urge astronomers not to limit search for extraterrestrial life to just Sun-type stars but consider larger and hotter ones.
Space March 29, 2014
The most violent planetary system ever seen is right next door. Comets are destroyed in a cloud of poisonous gas. How could this mean we may be witnessing the beginning of life in another star system?
Space March 8, 2014