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2 Very Earthlike Exoplanets Spotted Just 12.5 Light-Years From Our Solar System

Teegarden b and Teegarden c both sit within the habitable zone of their host star. According to scientists, the newly discovered exoplanets in orbit around a nearby dwarf star might have the right conditions to support life.

Space June 19, 2019

New Study Can Help Scientists Narrow Down Their Search For Complex Alien Life

In a new study, researchers narrowed down the number of exoplanets that can potentially be home to complex alien life. They found that some stars do not have a habitable zone at all.

Space June 11, 2019

Scientists Find 18 New Earth-Like Exoplanets From Old Kepler Data Using New Search Algorithm

Scientists used a more sensitive algorithm to reanalyze the data collected by the now-retired Kepler Space Telescope. They found 18 additional exoplanets, one of which is in the habitable zone.

Space May 24, 2019

Group Of Researchers Stresses Importance Of Dynamics That Make Planets Habitable

Researchers from the Carnegie Institution for Science said that the inner composition of a planet is equally important in determining the potential for life. They explained that the processes that take place underneath can also affect conditions on the surface.

Space May 4, 2019

Young Stars Can Often Destroy Atmospheres Of Earth-Like Planets

Researchers found that exoplanets orbiting M-dwarf stars would lose their Earth-like atmosphere within less than 1 million years. The new findings suggest that Earth-like planets around M-dwarfs are less likely to harbor extraterrestrial life.

Space April 25, 2019

Third Planet In Kepler-47 Confirmed As Largest Exoplanet In Circumbinary Star System

Scientists from the San Diego State University have identified the third planet in the Kepler-47 star system. This third planet has also been identified as the largest exoplanet in this particular circumbinary star system.

Space April 17, 2019

Astronomers Announce New List Of Stars That Could Be Home To Earth-Like Planets

A team of astronomers has identified nearly 2,000 exoplanets that are similar to Earth in size and irradiation. They believe that the catalog will aid in finding habitable planets outside of the Solar System.

Space March 27, 2019

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

Yale Researchers Find Reason Behind Odd Exoplanet Configurations

Yale University astronomers have found a surprising link between exoplanet pairs' axial tilt and their orbit. The discovery provides an answer to a mystery that has been baffling scientists since Kepler's launch in 2009.

Space March 5, 2019

NASA TESS Spacecraft Finds Host Of Strange And Bizarre Worlds

TESS, the successor of Kepler has already found hundreds of possible planets outside of the solar system and identified at least eight. Among its recent discoveries is an oddball planet that has a stretched-out orbit.

Space January 8, 2019

All Data Collected By Kepler Now Publicly Available

MAST promised to continue hosting the troves of data that Kepler has collected since its launch in 2009. The spacecraft has aided scientists in the search for Earth-like planets outside of the solar system.

Space November 3, 2018

Kepler Space Telescope Officially Retired After Running Out of Fuel

NASA has announced that the planet-hunting spacecraft, Kepler, has run out of fuel after nine years in deep space. Its replacement, TESS, was launched earlier this year and will begin a new survey of the sky to find exoplanets.

Space November 1, 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

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

121 New Giant Exoplanets Found That May Have Habitable Moons

Researchers have found 121 new exoplanets that may have habitable moons. All of the new exoplanets that were found are located in the habitable zone of the stars that they orbit.

Space May 31, 2018

NASA Exoplanet Hunter TESS Takes Test Image As It Gets Gravity Boost From The Moon

NASA's exoplanet hunting spacecraft TESS snapped a photograph as it made its way pay the moon, thanks to a gravity assist. TESS will be hunting for exoplanets and is expected to find thousands.

Space May 18, 2018

The Most Likely Places In Space That Might Have Alien Life

Although we have not found alien life yet, there are planets and moons that could sustain life outside Earth. Here are 20 places in space where there could likely be extraterrestrial life.

Space April 25, 2018

TESS Hunts For Alien Worlds: Here’s What’s Next After NASA’s Successful Launch Of Exoplanet Mission

Members of the TESS mission shared what happens during the months after the satellites’ successful launch. They give their estimates on when is the first expected footage will be sent out from NASA’s Exoplanet Mission.

Space April 23, 2018

SpaceX Takes Off With NASA Planet-Hunter TESS: How Is TESS Different From Kepler Telescope?

NASA has launched the TESS telescope on April 18 aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9. TESS is set out to focus on some 200,000 stars in search for exoplanets capable of sustaining life.

Space April 19, 2018

Artificial Intelligence Is Letting Scientists Classify Planets And Predict The Probability Of The Existence Of Life

Scientists are using a new AI program to determine which newly discovered planets have the ability to sustain life. This could allow those worlds to be classified in a way to identify which ones deserve further study.

Space April 5, 2018

Newly Discovered Earth-Sized Metallic Exoplanet Is Just As Dense As Mercury

A new exoplanet has been discovered that could shed some light on the formation of Mercury. What scientists found was that it was just as dense as Mercury and is the size of Earth.

Space March 28, 2018

Exoplanets Discovered In TRAPPIST-1 May Have 1,000 Times More Water Than Earth, But This May Be A Problem

Scientists have found that the exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system may have water. Which sounds good, however, the problem is that they may have too much water to support life.

Space March 20, 2018

15 New Exoplanets Are Discovered Including One 'Super Earth' That Could Be Habitable

About 15 new exoplanets were discovered by Japanese researchers including three super-Earths. Out of those three super-Earths, one could be able to host alien life.

Space March 12, 2018

Johns Hopkins Astrophysicist Proposes New Definition For Planets

The debate on planet formation is never ending. Astrophysicist Kevin Shchlaufman presents a new argument that celestial bodies with more than ten times the mass of Jupiter are not planets but brown dwarfs.

Space January 24, 2018

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

Nearby Sun-Like Star Hosts 4 Earth-Sized Planet Candidates

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

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

Water Found In Primitive Atmosphere Of Distant 'Warm Neptune'

A comprehensive study of warm Neptune HAT-P-26b shows a strong water signature and a primitive atmosphere composed of hydrogen and helium. The new data presents diversity in the formation of exoplanets.

Space May 12, 2017

Trappist-1: Could Planets In Recently Discovered Solar System Be Seeding Each Other With Life?

Consequent to the announcement of NASA that seven exoplanets have been discovered, a new study has argued that life forms on one planet can seed life in other planets by riding on space debris to reach other planets.

Space April 30, 2017

Newly Discovered Planet System Trappist-1 Was Named After A Famous Beer Brand

TRAPPIST-1, with its seven Earth-like exoplanets, had been exciting all. Its name alone carries quite an appeal, as it is named after a popular beer brand in Belgium, the homeland of the scientists who discovered the planetary system.

Space March 16, 2017

Discovery Of 7 Earth-Like Planets Near Dwarf Star Boosts Search For Alien Life

The characteristics and proximity of the seven exoplanets to their host star TRAPPIST-1 raise possibility for finding extraterrestrial life. What could hint the presence of life in these newly discovered planets?

Space February 22, 2017

Cosmic Valentine? Far-Off Star Beats Like A Heart In Response To Orbiting Exoplanet

Astronomers have spotted a star beating like a heart in response to an orbiting exoplanet. Star pulsations are nothing new but this is the first time that the phenomenon was attributed to a planet.

Space February 16, 2017

'Hot Jupiters' Can Grow In Size As They Age, Claim Scientists

A new study reveals that 'hot Jupiters' may increase in size as they grow older. HAT-P-65b and HAT-P-66b are the two exoplanets that the researches have studied.

Space January 28, 2017

NASA Is Looking For Alien Life On Star Wars-Like Planets

NASA is on the search for exoplanets similar to those seen on Star Wars films. Researchers believe worlds such as Kamino, Scarif, Jakku and Jedha may exist in the real-life universe.

Space December 20, 2016

Winds Of Rubies And Sapphires: Powerful Winds Detected On Gas Giant Outside The Solar System For The First Time

Researchers have observed powerful winds for the first time in a gas planet located outside of the solar system. The winds brewing in HAT-P-7b contain a mineral that forms rubies and sapphires.

Space December 13, 2016

Project Blue: Private Space Telescope Aims To Image, Reveal Exoplanets Orbiting Alpha Centauri Star System

A private initiative named Project Blue is getting ready to explore Alpha Centauri — the nearest star system. In an audacious mission, Project Blue aims to be a pioneer in taking the image of larger exoplanets.

Space October 12, 2016

Meet NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite: What’s The TESS Mission Up To?

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission will be a groundbreaking one. It will be going after bright stars to look for rocky planets like Earth and Venus.

Space October 10, 2016

How Exoplanet HD 131399Ab May Have Evolved To Have 3 Stars

How did HD 131399Ab come to have three stars? According to scientists, there are several possible scenarios that could help explain the exoplanet’s unusual system.

Space July 8, 2016

Atmospheric Water On Exoplanets May Be Blocked By Clouds

Most hot Jupiters have been found to possess atmospheric water, but others appear to be without it. New research by NASA suggests that clouds or haze may play a role in this phenomenon.

Space June 10, 2016

Planet Bigger Than Jupiter Found Orbiting Young Star

Astronomers have discovered a planet bigger than Jupiter orbiting a young star. The discovery may give insights into the real processes that occur during planet formation.

Space May 28, 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

Free-floating Brown Dwarf In Deep Space Could Provide Clues On How Lone Planets Form

NASA spotted a brown dwarf free-floating in deep space. With no host star, astronomers aim to study its weather patterns and compositions to better understand its formation.

Space April 22, 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

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