Computer models show that ancient inhabited Earth have high levels of carbon monoxide. Planets around sun-like stars teeming with life and rich in oxygen may also have high amounts of carbon monoxide.
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 exiled planet, HD 106906 b, circles the binary star HD 106906 in an orbit tipped about 21 degrees from the plane of the stellar disk. Astronomers sought what disrupted the young system using data from the Gaia space observatory.
Space March 1, 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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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