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NASA Scientists Create Exoplanet Atmosphere In Lab

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

Kepler's First Exoplanet Candidate Confirmed 10 Years After Space Telescope's Launch

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

Alien Life May Exist On Newly Discovered Barnard's Star Planet, According To Astronomers

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

Newly Discovered K2-288Bb Planet Lies Within Habitable Zone And May Have Liquid Water On Its Surface

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

Planets That Contain Oxygen Don't Necessarily Support Life

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

Neptune-Like Exoplanet Evaporates 100 Times Faster Into The Universe’s Dark Graveyard

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 Find WASP-69b Exoplanet With Comet-Like Tail

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

Large Frozen Planet Found In Star Only 6 Light-Years Away

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

Wolf 503b: Astronomers Discover Exoplanet Twice The Size Of Earth Orbiting Orange Dwarf

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

Discovery Of Water-Worlds Increases Chances Of Finding Alien Life

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

Earth's Neighboring Exoplanet Ross 128 B Has Perfect Conditions To Support Life: Study

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

Out Of Fuel And Nearing End Of Mission, What’s Next For Kepler Telescope?

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

Hottest Planet Ever Found Is Boiling Off Its Own Atmosphere

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

There Are 121 Giant Planets In The Milky Way With Moons That Could Harbor Alien Life

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

New Study Shows How Truly Earth-Like Two Exoplanets May Be Because Of Axial Tilt

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 Leads New Search For Alien Life With Scientists Developing Guidebook For Finding Biosignatures

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

Newly Discovered Sub-Saturn Planet Has Only 19.5 Days In A Year

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

Puffy Exoplanet Contains Unusually High Amounts Of Lithium And Possible Signs Of Water

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

How The Seasonal Changes In The Atmospheres Of Exoplanets Could Help Find Alien Life

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

Sodium In Hot Saturn WASP-96b Suggests Exoplanet Has Cloud-Free Atmosphere

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 Spotted Helium In The Atmosphere Of An Exoplanet For The First Time

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

Breakthrough High-powered Laser Beams Simulate What It’s Like To Penetrate Super-Earth Exoplanets

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

WASP-104b Hot Jupiter Traps Nearly 99 Percent Of Light: What Is A Hot Jupiter And How Does It Form?

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

Proxima Centauri Unleashes Major Solar Flare That May Have Destroyed Chances Of Life On Nearest Exoplanet

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

With The Launch Of TESS, NASA Heads Into 'New Era Of Exoplanet Research'

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

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

Air-Breathing Thruster May Provide Unlimited Power For Mars Mission

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

European Space Agency Announces ‘Ariel’ Mission That’ll Study Exoplanets

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

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

Space Junk Theory Suggests Alien Life Could Be Found By Looking At Advanced Satellites

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

NASA Finds Lots Of Water In Hot Saturn's Atmosphere: Can Exoplanet WASP-39b Host Life?

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

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Are Rocky And May Have Water

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

Scientists Find Planets Outside Of The Milky Way Galaxy For The First Time

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

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

Giant Super Earth May Possibly Host Alien Life

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

Death Planet: Astronomers Find Exoplanet Almost Made Up Of Carbon Monoxide And Has No Water

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: Scientists Discover New Exoplanet Close To Earth That Could Host Life

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

Scientists Just Sent Messages To A Nearby Exoplanet: What Is METI?

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

Giant Planet Or Failed Star? Planetary Object With 13 Jupiter Masses Hides At Center Of Milky Way Galaxy

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

Sunscreen Snow Falling On Exoplanet Detected By Hubble Space Telescope

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

Pitch Black Exoplanet: Hot Jupiter WASP-12b Reflects No Light

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

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

Cost Of NASA’s Dark Energy Mission Swells: What’s In Store For The Next Big Space Observatory?

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 Discover New Planet That Is Hotter Than Some Stars

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

Still Undiscovered, Giant Gas Planet With 50 Times Jupiter’s Mass Could Be Causing Mysterious Eclipses

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

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