A team of astrophysicists at the German Aerospace Center, together with European colleagues, has discovered the most extensive planetary system to date, with striking similarity to our own Solar system! Seven planets circle the star KOI-351 – more than in other known planetary systems.
Scientists from University of California, Berkeley, and University of Hawaii, Manoa, have statistically determined that twenty percent of Sun-like stars in our solar system have Earth-sized planets that could host life
While we don’t currently know of any planets that could be considered truly Earth-like beyond our own solar system, it is only a matter of time before such planets are discovered, and the search for life beyond our solar system begins in earnest.
With the help of the infrared data from the Subaru Telescope, which is mounted at Mauna Kea in Hawaii, astronomers have imaged a giant Jovian exoplanet around a star similar to the Sun, and named it GJ 504b.
It might be easier than previously thought for rocky planets to overheat into the scorchingly uninhabitable “runaway greenhouse” stage, according to new research
A team of researchers has devised a way to measure the internal properties of stars--a method that offers more accurate assessments of their orbiting planets.
There is only one planet we know of, so far, that is drenched with life. That planet is Earth, as you may have guessed, and it has all the right conditions for critters to thrive on its surface. Do other planets beyond our solar system, called exoplanets, also host life forms?
Are we alone? Is Earth the sole example of life in the Universe, or are there others? To find out, researchers at University of Montana, together with partner institutions Harvard, the California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University are building Project Minerva.
Engineers at NASA and Ball Aerospace & Technologies have their fingers crossed they’ll be able to restart the stricken Kepler space observatory, which has been in hibernation mode since May 15. If they can’t, the telescope’s haul of planet candidates – 3,277 at the last count and including m...
First results from the analysis of eight 'hot Jupiter' exoplanets suggest that winds and clouds play an important role in the atmospheric make up of these exotic planets. Catherine Huitson of the University of Exeter will present the results at the National Astronomy Meeting in St Andrews on Friday ...
The two smallest exoplanets yet found in the habitable zone of a star system, and thus with the potential to be similar to Earth, were identified using the Kepler Space Telescope.
The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) project at MIT will develop and launch a space-based planet hunter, while NICER will be an array of X-ray telescopes mounted on the ISS to analyze the still mysterious neutron stars.