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
The first exoplanet candidate identified by the Kepler mission was confirmed 10 years after the space telescope was launched. What were the hurdles that prevented astronomers from confirming Kepler-1658 b sooner?
Space March 6, 2019
The exoplanet called Barnard b is a frigid planet with a surface temperature of nearly -275 degrees Fahrenheit. A group of astronomers, however, thinks the icy world could still allow life to evolve depending on its size.
Space January 11, 2019
K2-288Bb lies within the star's habitable zone, suggesting it may have liquid water on the surface. The exoplanet lies in the stellar system K2-288, which has two dim, cool stars.
Space January 8, 2019
Scientists simulated the different atmosphere of exoplanets that are common within the Milky Way Galaxy to prove that oxygen is not a telltale sign that life also existed there. Some planets might have oxygen, but no life.
Space December 18, 2018
Exoplanets with lower atmospheric densities are more likely to lose a great portion of its mass. When planets like this evaporate, they could turn into a rocky and more massive version of the Earth.
Space December 14, 2018
Astronomers observed an exoplanet orbiting a small star 163 light-years away using a ground telescope. They found that WASP-69b has a comet-like tail made up of helium escaping from its atmosphere.
Space December 11, 2018
After 20 years, a team of astronomers has presented definitive evidence that an exoplanet orbits Barnard's star. The super-Earth is believed to be located close to the star system's snow line.
Space November 15, 2018
Astronomers discovered a new exoplanet 145 light-years away from Earth in the Virgo constellation. Wolf 503b is a potential super-Earth and here are the other reasons why astronomers find this planet interesting.
Space September 7, 2018
A group of Harvard Scientists found that there are exoplanets that contained more water than Earth. The scientists said these water-worlds are bigger than our planet, suggesting that they could also support life just like Earth.
Space August 18, 2018
By studying the host star of Ross 128 b, researchers determined the exoplanet is a rocky world with temperate. This means that it potentially has liquid water on the surface.
Space July 15, 2018
Kepler space telescope will soon rest for good as it’s almost out of fuel and already forced into hibernation. What’s in store for the planet hunter with its remaining data and observation campaign?
July 11, 2018
Scientists found that the hottest exoplanet known to man is losing 100,000 tons of its atmosphere to its host star. In 200 years, the super hot Jupiter will likely be stripped down to its rocky core, the scientists said.
Space July 11, 2018
Scientists identified more than a hundred exoplanets three times larger than Earth that could have moons that are home to alien life. They said expanding the quest for ET to include moons could yield better finds.
Space July 6, 2018
Researchers believe that Kepler-186f and 62f may be truly Earth-like in that they also have relatively stable axial tilts. What does this mean for the exoplanets' probability to host life?
Space June 28, 2018
NASA announced a new project aimed at searching extraterrestrial life among the thousands of exoplanets that had already been discovered in the past. The new project sought the participation of experts coming from different scientific disciplines.
Space June 27, 2018
A team of scientists announced the discovery of a new planet. The newly identified body was found too close to its sun-like star, making its orbit faster and days of a year far less than Earth.
Space June 11, 2018
Scientists found strangely vast amounts of lithium, sodium, and potassium in a rare exoplanet just 332 light-years away. They also detected weak but distinctive possible signs of water.
Space June 4, 2018
A new study revealed that seasonal changes on the atmospheres of exoplanets can determine possible alien life. Telescopes with ultraviolet capabilities would be needed to search for life.
Space May 10, 2018
A complete fingerprint of sodium in hot Saturn WASP-96b suggests that the exoplanet has a cloud-free atmosphere. What is the significance of studying clouds in atmospheres of planets?
Space May 8, 2018
Astronomers detected helium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet called WASP-107b. Scientists said this discovery is the first of its kind, and it will help them study the atmosphere of other exoplanets.
Space May 3, 2018
A high-powered laser beam device allowed scientists to experiment on the core components of super-Earths or exoplanets. The experiment yielded results that in the future can answer the question of whether exoplanets can be livable.
Material Science April 27, 2018
Exoplanet WASP-104b has been found and is currently considered the least reflective planet. According to researchers, the planet absorbs almost 99 percent of the light that goes in its direction.
Space April 24, 2018
Yes, modern technology hasn’t advanced to a point where we’re able to build space colonies. But the best candidate for our next Earth, Proxima B, may have just been fried by Proxima Centauri’s solar flare.
Space April 12, 2018
NASA hopes to find even more Earth-sized exoplanets with its forthcoming TESS mission. The new satellite will continue the work of the Kepler Space Telescope, which is expected to run out of fuel soon.
Space March 29, 2018
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
The European Space Agency has created and successfully tested an ion thruster that runs only on air molecules. It has the capability to sustain longer space flights that can last for years on end.
Space March 26, 2018
The European Space Agency wants to demystify exoplanets. To do so, it’s going to launch a mission called Ariel in 2028 to study their properties.
Space March 21, 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
A theory by astrophysicist Hector Socas-Navarro suggests that satellites could be used to find extraterrestrial life and to gauge their technological achievements. Humans would need about 10 billion to 1 trillion satellites before aliens could spot them.
Space March 7, 2018
The exoplanet WASP-39b that circles a quiet sun-like star 700 light-years away has three times the amount of water in Saturn. Does the presence of water vapor in its atmosphere mean the planet can host life?
Space March 2, 2018
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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