Scientists are getting in some stunning exoplanet images and spectra from the first year of science operations with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI). Now, researchers have shown these new images as the GPI continues its operations.
Astronomers have discovered eight new planets in the "Goldilocks" zone of their stars, orbiting at a distance where it's neither too hot nor too cold and where liquid water can exist on the planet's surface.
How to assemble Earth: Take elements, stir, and dash with water delivered by asteroids. Scientists are taking a closer look at how Earth-like planets are made in order to continue their hunt for exoplanets that have the likeliest chance at supporting life.
There may be a new way to tell the age of stars. As stars grow older, they slow down in terms of their spin. Now, astronomers are taking advantage of this fact to tackle stellar ages.
Scientists have found out that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can actually last for billions of years, which may explain a bit more about our own planet.
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.