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NASA Planet Hunter Finds Earth-Size Habitable-Zone World

January 7, 2020

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered its first Earth-size planet in its star’s habitable zone, the range…
Tatooines everywhere? Many of the Exoplanets Already Discovered are in Multi-Star Systems

November 16, 2019

Right now, we know of about 4,000 confirmed exoplanets, mostly thanks to the Kepler mission. TESS, the Transiting…
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…
Atmosphere of Midsize Planet Revealed by Hubble, Spitzer

July 4, 2019

Two NASA space telescopes have teamed up to identify, for the first time, the detailed chemical “fingerprint” of…
18 New Earth-sized Exoplanets have been Found in Kepler’s Data

May 28, 2019

Scientists working with data from the Kepler mission have discovered an additional 18 Earth-sized worlds. The team used…
“Goldilocks” Stars May Be “Just Right” for Finding Habitable Worlds

March 9, 2019

Scientists looking for signs of life beyond our solar system face major challenges, one of which is that…
Discovery Alert! Kepler’s First Planet Candidate Confirmed, 10 Years Later

March 6, 2019

Planet: Kepler-1658b Discovered by: Chontos et al. using NASA’s Kepler telescope Date: February 2019 Key Facts: This newly-confirmed…
Credits: NASA/Ames Research Center
Kepler’s Final Image Shows A Galaxy Full Of Possibilities

February 7, 2019

NASA’s Kepler space telescope may be retired, but the discoveries continue to rack up for this historic planet-hunting…
Citizen Scientists Find New World with NASA Telescope

January 8, 2019

Using data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, citizen scientists have discovered a planet roughly twice the size of…
First light of a supernova observed by Kepler space telescope

December 10, 2018

An international team including Lancaster astrophysicists have analysed the first light of a supernova which exploded about 170…
TESS will find 14000 exoplanets, about 10 could be Earth-like worlds

November 30, 2018

How many exoplanets are there? Not that long ago, we didn’t know if there were any. Then we…
What magnetic fields can tell us about life on other planets

November 26, 2018

Every school kid knows that Earth has a magnetic field – it’s what makes compasses align north-south and…
Kepler Telescope Bids ‘Goodnight’ with Final Commands

November 17, 2018

On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA’s Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to…
NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

October 31, 2018

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of…
The Coincidence Between Two Overachieving NASA Missions

October 30, 2018

Two vastly different NASA spacecraft are about to run out of fuel: The Kepler spacecraft, which spent nine…
Astronomers Find First Evidence of Possible Moon Outside Our Solar System

October 4, 2018

Using NASA’s Hubble and Kepler space telescopes, astronomers have uncovered tantalizing evidence of what could be the first…
NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

September 26, 2018

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe. As NASA has…
Take a Virtual Trip to a Strange New World with NASA

May 27, 2018

Are you looking for an exotic destination to visit this summer? Why not take a virtual trip to…
Kepler Begins 18th Observing Campaign with a Focus On Star Clusters

May 25, 2018

NASA’s planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft began the 18th observing campaign of its extended mission, K2, on May 12. For…
Ramp compression of iron provides insight into core conditions of large rocky exoplanets

April 17, 2018

In a paper published today by Nature Astronomy (link is external), a team of researchers from Lawrence Livermore…
Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

March 27, 2018

Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope in 2012 when…
NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Nearing the End as Fuel Runs Low

March 15, 2018

Trailing Earth’s orbit at 94 million miles away, the Kepler space telescope has survived many potential knock-outs during…
Earth is a Beaming Beacon in Kepler’s Eyes

March 9, 2018

Capturing images of our home planet from the perspective of faraway spacecraft has become a tradition at NASA,…
TRAPPIST-1 Planets Probably Rich in Water

February 6, 2018

Planets around the faint red star TRAPPIST-1, just 40 light-years from Earth, were first detected by the TRAPPIST-South…
Good News For The Search For Life, The Trappist System Might Be Rich In Water

February 6, 2018

When we finally find life somewhere out there beyond Earth, it’ll be at the end of a long…
Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

December 15, 2017

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent…
Milky Way’s “most-mysterious star” continues to confound

October 9, 2017

In 2015, a star called KIC 8462852 caused quite a stir in and beyond the astronomy community due…
The Scientific Quest to Explain Kepler’s Most Enigmatic Find

October 6, 2017

Some 1,500 light years from Earth, a mystery of stellar proportions is playing out. A singular star out…
Are we being watched? Tens of other worlds could spot the Earth

September 8, 2017

A group of scientists from Queen’s University Belfast and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in…
Kepler satellite discovers variability in the Seven Sisters

August 29, 2017

The Seven Sisters, as they were known to the ancient Greeks, are now known to modern astronomers as…
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