Although the Kepler spacecraft's primary mission came to an end when the second of four reaction wheels used to stabilize the spacecraft failed, scientists have come up with an ingenious strategy to control Kepler and use it in a new mission.
Astronomers may soon discover rocky planets that have been stretched out by the gravity of the stars that they orbit. The new findings could reveal a bit more about these alien planets.
When it comes to hunting for life on distant planets, narrowing down which planets may be most hospitable to life is crucial.
It turns out that planet hunters may have an easier time of spotting exoplanets than they thought. Scientists have found that, on average, sun-like stars aren't all that dusty.
Where should astronomers look for life on other planets? That's a good question. There are billions and billions of stars in the sky, so narrowing down the search is crucial for success. Now, scientists may have discovered where, and when, infant Earths are most likely to be found.
Exoplanets may have burned away their chances to cultivate life.
There may be a new technique to remotely sense exoplanets. For the first time, scientists have measured the passing of a super-Earth in front of a bright, nearby sun-like star using a ground-based telescope.
Understanding the magnetic fields of planets is important for understanding how they interact with the rest of the cosmic bodies around them. Now, scientists have developed a new method that allows them to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet.
A newly discovered planet apparently won't stick to a schedule. Astronomers have spotted a low-mass, low-density planet that's so inconsistent that automated computer algorithms have trouble picking it up as they search for stellar light curves.
Astronomers are peering further and further afield, thanks in part to NASA's Kepler spacecraft. Now, scientists are using Hubble in order to study the exoplanets that Kepler identified, which could eventually lead to the discovery of life on other planets.
Astronomers have decided to take a closer look at Venus to learn more about the planet. They're using a new optical device installed on the Italian National Telescope to measure Venus' precise gravitational pull on the sun.