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What moons in other solar systems reveal about planets like Neptune and Jupiter

October 11, 2019

An exomoon hundreds of times the size of Earth might help astronomers find planets where life may thrive.…
Exoplanet Orbits its Star Every 18 Hours. The Quickest Ever Found

October 3, 2019

In the past decade, thousands of planets have been discovered beyond our Solar System. These planets have provided…
A Red Dwarf Star Has a Jupiter-Like Planet. So Massive it Shouldn’t Exist, and Yet, There It Is

October 2, 2019

Thanks to the Kepler mission and other efforts to find exoplanets, we’ve learned a lot about the exoplanet…
Many gas giant exoplanets waiting to be discovered

September 30, 2019

There is an as-yet-unseen population of Jupiter-like planets orbiting nearby Sun-like stars, awaiting discovery by future missions like…
CARMENES: Giant exoplanet around a small star challenges our understanding of how planets form

September 26, 2019

A study from the CARMENES consortium led by IEEC researchers at ICE (CSIC) reports the discovery of an…
Better Than Earth? Are There Superhabitable Worlds In The Milky Way?

September 24, 2019

It have been said many times in the past that the Earth is the best planet in the…
Astronomers Find Water in the Atmosphere of a Habitable Exoplanet for the First Time

September 12, 2019

Thanks to the Hubble Space Telescope, and the efforts of a large team of astronomers, we now know…
Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star’s habitable zone

September 12, 2019

Ever since the discovery of the first exoplanet in the 1990s, astronomers have made steady progress towards finding…
NASA’s Hubble Finds Water Vapor on Habitable-Zone Exoplanet for 1st Time

September 12, 2019

Its size and surface gravity are much larger than Earth’s, and its radiation environment may be hostile, but…
Exoplanets Can’t Hide Their Secrets from Innovative New Instrument

August 30, 2019

In an unprecedented feat, an American research team discovered hidden secrets of an elusive exoplanet using a powerful…
The dark side of extrasolar planets share surprisingly similar temperatures

August 29, 2019

A new study by McGill University astronomers has found that the temperature on the nightsides of different hot Jupiters is surprisingly uniform, suggesting the dark side of these massive gaseous planets have clouds…
Canadian astronomers determine Earth’s fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the Solar System

August 29, 2019

Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a “fingerprint” for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet…
Newly Discovered Giant Planet Slingshots Around Its Star

August 29, 2019

Astronomers have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path…
Q&A: Stanford researcher models exoplanet’s atmosphere

August 27, 2019

In the search for life beyond our galaxy, many scientists have their eyes turned toward orbs like Earth:…
There Could be Planets Out There Which are Even More Habitable than Earth

August 27, 2019

When searching for potentially habitable exoplanets, scientists are forced to take the low-hanging fruit approach. Since Earth is…
Astronomers Image the Atmosphere of a Red Dwarf Planet for the First Time. Spoiler Alert: it is a Terrible Place to Live

August 24, 2019

The field of exoplanet research continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Thanks to missions like the Kepler…
The Universe may Contain many Planets even More Suited to Life than Earth, Study Suggests

August 23, 2019

So far, the search for extra-terrestrial life has been a dismal endeavour, with countless promising worlds turning out…
Earth is an Exoplanet to Aliens. This is What They’d See

August 22, 2019

The study of exoplanets has matured considerably in the last ten years. During this time, the majority of…
NASA Gets a Rare Look at a Rocky Exoplanet’s Surface

August 21, 2019

A new study using data from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope provides a rare glimpse of conditions on the…
Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere

August 20, 2019

Astronomers at MIT, Harvard University, and elsewhere have searched a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet for signs of an atmosphere…
New planet nine times the mass of Jupiter found in nearby star system

August 20, 2019

An international team including a University of Warwick astronomer has discovered a new planet around a nearby star.…
Follow That Planet! How Astronomers Chase New Worlds in TESS Data

August 14, 2019

As pink liquid oozed around her shoes, astronomer Johanna Teske started to feel sick. She had been looking…
Dead planets can “broadcast” for up to a billion years

August 6, 2019

Planetary cores orbiting distant white dwarf stars emit radio waves that we can detect from Earth. Astronomers are…
Illustration of NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA’s TESS mission finds ‘missing link’ planets

August 6, 2019

NASA’s newest planet-hunting satellite has discovered a type of planet missing from our own solar system. Launched in…
Snowball Exoplanets Might Be Better for Life Than We Thought

August 4, 2019

When astronomers discover a new exoplanet, one of the first considerations is if the planet is in the…
Hubble Uncovers a ‘Heavy Metal’ Exoplanet Shaped Like a Football

August 2, 2019

How can a planet be “hotter than hot?” The answer is when heavy metals are detected escaping from…
Confirmation of Toasty TESS Planet Leads to Surprising Find of Promising World

August 1, 2019

A piping hot planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has pointed the way to additional…
NASA Promised More Smaller, Earth-size Exoplanets. TESS is Delivering.

August 1, 2019

When NASA launched TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) in 2018, it had a specific goal. While its predecessor,…
TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate “sub-Neptune”

July 30, 2019

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has discovered three new worlds that are among the smallest, nearest…
NASA’s TESS Mission Scores ‘Hat Trick’ With 3 New Worlds

July 30, 2019

NASA’s newest planet hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has discovered three new worlds — one slightly…
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