NASA's planet hunting Kepler Space Telescope is on a roll! The telescope has monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system since its launch, and has highlighted more than 4,000 candidate exoplanets for further analysis. As of Tuesday, NASA announced the verification of the 1000th of those worlds, adding to the "Kepler Hall of Fame."
NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope finally had an opportunity to prove its worth after it recently discovered a brand-new exoplanet. This is after the spacecraft telescope saw difficulties just last year that forced it to abandon its initial mission.
How does living in an endless ocean sound? For some, a perpetual sea-side view may be a dream come true. And that dream may already be a reality for extraterrestrial life, according to a new study which suggests that watery exoplanets tilted on their axis in just the right way would boast a "rather mild" and habitable climate.
It seems that certain exoplanets are just too hot to handle. Far-away planets referred to as "mirage Earths" once boasted intense heat during their formation, which unfortunately prevented them from ever becoming habitable, according to a new study.
Astronomers using a ground-based telescope for the first time have detected a "super-Earth" transit, a breakthrough that may lead the hunt for habitable exoplanets in the coming years, according to a new study.
Scientists have developed a new way of measuring the magnetic field of exoplanets, allowing astronomers to understand more about these far-away planets and possibly identify those outside our solar system that are habitable, according to new research.
In recent decades, scientists have been more proactive in their search for alien life, and thanks to a host of discoveries, that possibility now seems more plausible than ever. But what happens once we find life beyond Earth?
Uranus has always been a pretty lonely planet. The seventh planet from the Sun, this "ice giant" made primarily of ice particles, hydrogen, and helium is relatively unique, drifting around our solar system in an unusual elliptical orbit at a stunning 99 degrees axial tilt. Now, however, researchers are saying that the baby-blue planet has an unlikely twin 25,000 light-years away.
Most experts are too worried about the state of Earth's climate to be looking to the stars, but now a team of astronomers have used NASA's Hubble Telescope to help reveal what kind of temperatures and precipitation are felt on an exoplanet 260 light-years away.
It's clear skies on the planet HAT-P-11b, making it easy for astronomers to spot steamy water vapor on this Neptune-sized exoplanet, new research describes.
Experts have recently decided to revisit the question "what is a planet?" citing the fact that it remains unclear if many of the hundreds of exo-planets observed in far-off solar systems are actually true planets, or just various "planetoids" or dwarf planets like Pluto was first demoted to back in 2006.
Like a pesky child can appear to rapidly age their tiring parent, a star about 330 light years away is looking a lot worse for wear, thanks to the giant exoplanet that constantly encircles it.
Companionship is apparently something that planets, like people, value in old age. It turns out that a companion planet might be useful in giving an old, less habitable world a new chance at life.
NASA knows exactly how large a new "super Earth" exoplanet is, thanks to a combined effort from the Kepler and Spitzer Space Telescopes. This, according to NASA, is the most accurate measurement of this kind of exoplanet ever taken, and marks a new step towards better understanding these planetary bodies.