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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

Astronomers Discover Massive Glowing Planet Just Drifting Beyond The Solar System

Astronomers discovered a planet just beyond our solar system with many mysterious characteristics. It is 12 times bigger than Jupiter with a magnetic field that is 200 times stronger, and it emits a glow like the northern lights on Earth.

Space August 7, 2018

Scientists Spot Star Devouring A Planet For The First Time

Astronomers observed a young star swallowing a planet or two into its rotating disk. The star belongs to the Taurus-Auriga constellation and is just 450 light-years away from Earth.

Space July 19, 2018

Collision With Massive Object Twice The Size Of Earth Gave Uranus Its Odd Tilt

A young protoplanet twice the size of Earth may have hit Uranus during the formation of the solar system about 4 billion years ago. The collision can help explain the gas giant's odd tilt, as well as shed light on other characteristics of the planet.

Space July 3, 2018

Three Jupiter-Like Planets Orbiting An Infant Star Are Youngest Planets Ever Seen

Astronomers discovered a trio of new planets as large as Jupiter around a young star. The new planetary system is 330 light-years away from Earth.

Space June 15, 2018

Planets Orbiting Alpha Centauri Stars Not Bombarded By X-Ray Radiation Hazardous To Life

Any planets orbiting two of the stars of Alpha Centauri are not likely bombarded by hazardous x-ray radiation. Planets located in Alpha Centauri A's habitable zone would receive a lower dose of x-rays than similar solar system planets orbiting the sun.

Space June 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

Dutch Astronomers Discover Possible 'Toddler Planet' By Accident

Dutch astronomers and an international team of scientists accidentally discovered a toddler planet. It was found to be a small companion of the binary CS Cha that they were studying.

Space May 14, 2018

NASA Researcher Thinks Pluto Should Be A Planet Again And That Planets Should Be Redefined

Happy day for those out there who think Pluto should be promoted back to planet status. Some scientists at NASA agree. Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet in 2006.

Space May 8, 2018

Gravity On Super Earth Planets May Be Preventing Alien Life From Visiting Earth

A new theory suggests that if life was possible on Super-Earth planets, gravity may be holding aliens back from leaving. The theory uses information that's already known about these planets to reach the conclusion.

Space May 7, 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

Uranus Clouds Smell Like Rotten Eggs, We're Not Joking!

Does Uranus have 'ass-teroids' surrounding it? Probably not, but scientists now claim that clouds surrounding Uranus smell like fart and rotten eggs. We're not joking.

Space April 23, 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

A Must See Sky Show: Saturn, Mars, And Jupiter To Align This Week

A rare astronomical event is happening this week. Bright planets Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will align before sunrise, while the moon will pass by them.

Space March 6, 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

Chemical Imbalance In Planet's Atmosphere May Indicate Hidden Alien Life

Chemical combinations in the atmosphere may hint of biological activity on other planets. NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope may detect these biosignatures and help astronomers in their quest for life outside Earth.

Space January 25, 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

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

Planet Uranus Could Be Full Of Giant Diamonds

Scientists mimicked the intense atmospheric conditions of Uranus to simulate how the ice giant could form diamond rain. The laboratory experiments successfully created tiny gems.

Space August 25, 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

Planet 9 Out, Planet 10 In? What We Know About The Planet Potentially Hiding At Solar System’s Edge

New observations offer evidence that a Planet 10 may be hiding closer to home based on its effects on Kuiper Belt objects. How does this affect the search for Planet 9 and other worlds in the outer solar system?

Space June 27, 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

Neptune-Sized Exoplanet Reveals How Planets Form Around Stars

The metallicity of planets can help scientists determine how and where they formed around their host star. What is metallicity and what does it tell about the warm Neptune exoplanet HAT-P-26b?

Space May 13, 2017

Most Habitable Planets Likely To Be Dominated By Oceans

The exoplanets that are most likely to host alien life are worlds dominated by oceans. A statistical model suggests that 90 percent of the surface area of these planets is made up of water.

Space April 22, 2017

Atmosphere Of Hot Steam Detected Around Earth-Like Planet GJ 1132b

Astronomers have detected for the first time an atmosphere around an Earth-like planet. Super-Earth GJ 1132b, which revolves around a very low-mass star, is potentially a water world with atmosphere of hot steam.

Space April 6, 2017

Here’s A Cool Opportunity To Help Find The Elusive Planet Nine

Australian astronomers have released thousands of images for the public to help pinpoint the location of Planet Nine. The images were captured by the SkyMapper telescope and go by the thousands.

Space March 28, 2017

Solar System Could Have More Than 100 Planets

A group of scientists is proposing a new definition that would classify celestial objects as planets. If the new criteria get adopted, the Solar System could be home of more than 100 planets, which would include the Earth's moon.

Space March 19, 2017

Hot Jupiter KELT-16b Spirals To Death As It Orbits Extremely Close To Parent Star

KELT-16b may only have 550,000 years left before it gets destroyed by tidal forces as it orbits very close to its parent star. A red dwarf star is suspected to be behind the hot Jupiter's death spiral into its host star.

Space March 18, 2017

First Evidence Of Rocky Planet Formation In Tatooine-Like Double Sun System Uncovered

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that rocky planets may exist in a double sun system located some 1,000 light-years away from Earth. SDSS 1557 resembles Tatooine, Luke Skywalker’s home planet in 'Starwars' that orbited twin suns.

Space March 1, 2017

Official Name Themes For Pluto And Its Moons Get The Nod From IAU

The International Astronomical Union has approved the naming themes for features on Pluto, along with largest Pluto moon Charon and four smaller ones. Some themes continue focusing on the mythology of the underworld ruled by Roman god Pluto.

Space February 28, 2017

James Webb Space Telescope To Help Reveal Potential Life On TRAPPIST-1 Exoplanets

The James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched next year, can help reveal the presence of alien life on the exoplanets of the TRAPPIST-1 star system. The space observatory will gather clues from the components of the planets' atmospheres.

Space February 25, 2017

60 New Planets Found Orbiting Stars Near Solar System

Scientists discovered 60 new exoplanets including a super-Earth orbiting stars near the solar system. How does this challenge conventional ideas about planets?

Space February 16, 2017

Scientists Identify Origin Of Stardust Responsible For Forming Solar System

Scientists have discovered the origin of stardust by which the solar system was made. The long-standing puzzle was solved by an international team of scientists who ran tests in Italy and traced it to AGB stars.

Space February 1, 2017

Skywatching In 2017: Here’s When To Look Up To Catch The Planets

A complete guide on star gazing shows everything needed to catch astronomical sights in 2017. It will also list the best constellations each planet will occupy during the year in broad details covering conjunctions, oppositions, and elongations.

Space January 5, 2017

New NASA Missions To Send Robotic Probes To Study Mysterious Asteroids In The Solar System

NASA will send two robotic probes to visit eight asteroids in the Solar System. The Lucy mission will study Jupiter Trojan asteroids and the Psyche mission will study a giant metal asteroid.

Space January 5, 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

Spiral Arms Around Young Star Shed Light On How Planets Form

The ALMA observatory captured an image of spiral arms in the protoplanetary disk of the young star Elias 2-27. The structure offers hints on how large planets form.

Space October 2, 2016

Hubble Space Telescope Spots Exoplanet Orbiting 2 Stars

Using gravitational microlensing and data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers confirmed the presence of a new alien planet that orbits two stars. What makes the discovery of this exoplanet different from those of other Tatooine-like worlds?

Space September 22, 2016

ALMA Spots Signs Of Icy Giant Planet Forming In Young Star's Dust Cloud

Astronomers found signs of planet formation in a disk surrounding the young star TW Hydrae. Observations using ALMA revealed the exoplanet could be an icy giant just like the solar system’s Neptune.

Space September 18, 2016

NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Takes Photos Of Layered Rock Formations In Murray Buttes Region Of Red Planet

The Mars Curiosity Rover took photos of layered rock formation on the Red Planet as it explores the Murray Buttes region of Mount Sharp. Here are some of the images.

Space September 11, 2016

Newly Discovered Object Beyond Planet Neptune Orbits Sun In The Wrong Direction

The trans-Neptunian object called Niku orbits the sun in a plane tilted 110 degrees to the plane of the rest of the bodies in the solar system and orbits backwards. Is the hypothetical Planet Nine responsible for this odd behavior?

Space August 12, 2016

Ancient Venus Once Had An Earth-Like Atmosphere

Using models typically used by climate scientists, a team of NASA astronomers determined whether Venus was once habitable or not. The results reveal an ancient Venus that is very different from what the planet is today.

Space August 12, 2016

NASA Climate Model Suggests Planet Venus May Have Been Livable

Planet Venus is now a hellish world. Simulations using NASA's climate model, however, revealed that the second planet from the sun may have once been habitable.

Space August 11, 2016

Astronomers Spy Water Snowline Around Young Sun-Like Star For The First Time

An outburst of brightness and heat in the young star V883 Orionis allowed scientists to see a stellar water snowline for the first time. What does the observation reveal about planet formation?

Space July 13, 2016

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