Exoplanets

The far-fetched but fascinating case for aliens from Trappist-1

Could the system of seven Earth-size planets 40 light-years away host ETs? Some researchers argue they could some day, if they don't already.<p>If there's anywhere in this galaxy that hosts the kind of busy, space-faring, multi-planetary society seen in Star Wars or Star Trek it's probably the seven …

Astronomy

This Scientist Combs Our Universe To Find Life Among The Stars

<i>Uproxx knows that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines are driving the future of this planet forward. Every day, we see new ideas, fresh innovations, and bold trailblazers in these fields. Follow us this month as we highlight how STEM is shaping the culture of NOW</i>.<p>‘One …

Women in Science

Giant 'Styrofoam' Planet Could Help Scientists Find New Habitable Worlds

The huge, "puffy" planet has the same density as styrofoam.<p>We’re all pretty familiar with objects made from styrofoam. Our daily lives intersect with disposable items like coffee cups, insulation, hot and cold coolers and those seemingly millions of little cushioning styrofoam-y “things” that are …

Astronomy

The Most Mysterious TRAPPIST-1 Planet Finally Reveals Some Secrets

Now that TRAPPIST-1 is the trendiest star system in the galaxy, astronomers and nerds alike are clamoring to learn more about it. We know that the …

Habitable Zone

Newly Found Exoplanet May Have Ring System Dwarfing Saturn's

Although planetary rings are extremely common in our solar system—every gas giant circling our sun has one—they’ve proved harder to spot around …

Astronomy

Nasa 2018 budget highlights: Human spaceflight takes priority as education misses out

Find out the big approvals and big misses on the budget.<p>Nasa's budget proposal for 2018 has been released by the space agency revealing what's in …

Space Exploration

Exploring Exoplanet Systems with the Wolfram Language—Wolfram Blog

Exoplanets are currently an active area of research in astronomy. In the past few years, the number of exoplanet discoveries has exploded, mainly as …

Astronomy

What stays, and what goes, in Trump's $19.1-billion budget proposal for NASA

President Trump’s $19.1-billion budget proposal for NASA will allow the space agency to continue its long-term efforts to explore the universe, including sending humans to the moon and to Mars.<p>The 2018 funding plan, released Tuesday, includes support for about 100 space missions even as it cuts …

James Webb Space Telescope

Here's How We Can Detect Plants on Extrasolar Planets

The past year has been an exciting time for those engaged in the hunt for extra-solar planets and potentially habitable worlds. In August of 2016, …

Astronomy

Has the seventh Trappist-1 planet always been so cold?

The outermost of the seven planets orbiting the star Trappist-1 is frigidly cold and most likely uninhabitable. But it may not always have been that …

Astronomy

Exoplanet Discovery: Researchers Confirmed The Exact Orbit Of Outer Trappist Planet

Researchers now know more about the Trappist-1 exoplanet discovery, specifically the most mysterious Trappist-1h and its orbit. The seven Earth-size …

Habitable Zone

Detecting Life In Space: The Red Edge

The universe's "most interesting star" just started acting up again.<p>Known as KIC 8462852, or the WTF star (for "Where's The Flux"), this sun became famous a few years ago for its strange short-lived dips in light output. Its behavior was weird enough that astronomers added "alien megastructures" to …

Aliens

Scientists Figure Out Clue That May Help in Search for Earth-Like Alien Planets

Flashes of light seen from 1 million miles away could help deduce which planets can harbor life<p>A NASA camera launched in 2015 one million miles from …

Astronomy

New Exoplanet Discovered Proves to be Rather ‘Puffy’

A new exoplanet’s been discovered that’s bigger than Jupiter but with an extremely low mass, causing astronomers to nickname it the ‘puffy planet’. …

Astronomy

The Search for a Second Earth Just Got A Bit More Interesting

So, you’ve probably seen tons and tons of new stories about Earth-like planets around nearby stars. That’s mostly because over the past few years …

Geek

IAC astronomers discover rocky super-Earth in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star

An international team of astronomers lead by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (<b>IAC</b>) have discovered a planet two to three …

Habitable Zone

These Two-Sided Alien Worlds Have Magma Oceans And Boulder Rainstorms

Volcanoes on Earth are boring.<p>Okay, that’s not quite true – they’re breath-taking, and if you haven’t seen one erupt yet, then we can never be friends. When compared to other planets however, the quality and drama of Earth’s volcanoes pale a little in comparison. As a volcanologist, this irritates …

Planets

Planet Classification: How to Group Exoplanets

With thousands of exoplanet candidates discovered, astronomers are starting to figure out how to group them in order to describe them and understand …

Planetary Habitability

Exoplanet Puzzle Cracked by Jazz Musicians

When astronomers dropped the news that nearby star TRAPPIST-1 was circled by seven planets about the size of Earth — all of which could conceivably …

Astronomy

A planet four light-years away could be habitable

<b>BY ALASDAIR WILKINS</b><p>Over the past decade, astronomers have discovered our galaxy is teeming with billions of exoplanets, so just finding a new world …

Astronomy

Top 10 Likely Places We Could Find Aliens

May 19, 2017<p>Questioning the existence of aliens is something that scientists and average Joes alike have done for decades. Everything from …

Habitable Zone

Scientists have made most exciting progress in decades in quest to find alien life

A recently discovered planet provides the best hope yet for extraterrestrial life<p>Exciting news has rocked the science community as researchers …

Planetary Habitability

Mysterious Flashes on Satellite Images of Earth Explained

Mysterious flashes of light that show up on satellite images of Earth's landmasses have puzzled researchers for a couple of years. Now, scientists …

Astronomy

Researchers cook up distant bodies' atmospheres 'in a bottle' at Hopkins lab

If Sarah Hörst could trave to Saturn's largest moon to study its atmosphere, she would. Instead, she brought Titan's gases and dust to her Johns …

Planets

Physicists Have Discovered a Gigantic Magnetic Bridge Spanning Galaxies

Magnets, Magnets Everywhere<p>If Magneto was capable of surviving in space, he’d probably be the most powerful mutant in comic book history. That’s …

Universe

Mystery of Earth's light flashes solved, could help search for habitable exoplanet

In 1990, when the Galileo satellite whipped around the Earth on its way to Jupiter, it caught sight of mysterious flashes of light coming from the …

Orlando

This 25-Year-Old Moroccan Helped in NASA's Craziest Ever Planet Discovery

The dingy classroom at Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech reminds me that there was a time when astronomers charted the skies with little more than …

Universe

Scientists Convert Trappist-1 Planetary System Into Celestial Synth Music

Never before has the term “music of the spheres” been used so literally. Scientists have converted data from the Trappist-1 planetary system into …

Cool Stuff

Gigantic 'alien megastructures' built by an advanced civilisation could be orbiting dozens of nearby stars, boffin says

The world was electrified last year when it was suggested that scientists had spotted an “alien megastructure” orbiting a distant star.<p>Now a space boffin has suggested huge extraterrestrial constructions could be relatively easy to spot, so long as we look in the right place using the correct tools.<p>…

Habitable Zone

The forecast for Proxima b: Wet with a chance of alien life

Researchers modeled the climate of the nearest exoplanet and found the weather might be much more pleasant than nearby worlds in our own solar system.<p>Last year we learned the closest star beyond our solar system hosts a planet, Proxima Centauri b or Proxima b, that looks like it's situated in such …

Astronomy