Exoplanets

Lone alien planet has most eccentric orbit ever detected around old giant star - Science News - ABC News

Astronomers have discovered a single alien planet orbiting and elderly giant star with an extraordinarily weird path.<p>Alien planet key points<p>Key points<p>…

Astronomy

Magnetic sails could put the brakes on interstellar space probes

Our nearest stellar neighbor, Alpha Centauri, is just four light-years from Earth, and while that's pretty close in the grand scheme of things, we …

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No Pics? No Problem: Space Artists Draw Alien Worlds

“It looked too pretty,” says Tim Pyle. And that was a dilemma.<p>The blue he drew on his artistic rendition of Kepler-186f was <i>too</i> blue—too suggestive of an exoplanet with abundant water. “Too inviting,” he says. “The public might think we discovered another Earth.”<p>Not quite the statement NASA wanted …

Astronomy

Ocean-covered planets may not be the places to search for life

Although water worlds are awash with one of the key ingredients for life, surprisingly, they might not be the best places to find it.<p>Tessa Fisher, a …

Planets

Could Magnetic Sails Slow an Interstellar Spacecraft Enough?

The number of confirmed extra-solar planets has increased by leaps and bounds in recent years. With every new discovery, the question of when we …

Space Travel

How close are we to finding life on other planets?

<b>Opinion: thanks to the discovery in 2017 of four Earth-sized planets orbiting a star on our cosmic doorstep, the prospects of finding</b> …

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We Didn't Officially Confirm the Existence of Exoplanets Until 1992

Humans have wondered about far-off planets since antiquity. Waxing on about possible alien worlds is much different than nailing down concrete …

Astronomy

Exoplanet hunters rethink search for alien life

Astronomers expand ideas of how chemistry and geology could affect chances for life on other worlds.<p>Steve Desch can see the future of exoplanet …

Astronomy

Periodic Table of Planets Categorizes Thousands of Alien Worlds

MIT/Carnegie Institution for Science<p>We’ve been discovering planets at a pretty ridiculous rate since we brought the latest generation of telescopes …

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

*No, mate. Just no* New model throws spanner in exoplanet debateA new physical model has added more support to the theory that the large exoplanet 55 …

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Researchers identify exoplanet with the same atmospheric ingredients as the Earth

Twice as big as Earth, the exoplanet 55 Cancri e likely has an atmosphere thicker than Earth's but with ingredients that could be similar to those of …

Astronomy

Scientists Send Messages To Exoplanet, Hope To Receive Reply From Alien Life In 25 Years

Two months ago, reports suggested that a group of scientists were planning to reach out to alien life, with the target date for these efforts being …

Aliens

Astronomers spot lava-covered “Super Earth” that might somehow have an atmosphere

Exoplanets — that is, planets we know exist outside of our own Solar System — come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. Some are super frigid, …

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This bizarre lava-covered planet has an atmosphere that could support life

You are alive right now and able to read this article in part because of Earth's plush atmosphere, a blanket about 60 miles thick. Its most plentiful …

Planets

What is so interesting about TRAPPIST-1?

Guest blog by Sharmila Kuthunur<b>The TRAPPIST-1 system crams seven planets into less than the distance at which Mercury orbits the Sun. //</b> …

Astronomy

Anybody out there? Musical message beamed to potentially-habitable exoplanet

While the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program is content to scan the skies for signals that might indicate the presence of life …

Aliens

Rocking Out With A Heavy Metal Planet Eike Guenther on the evolving study of planetary origins

<b>Q: In our Solar System we already have eight different planets, so why is it exciting to look elsewhere and study exoplanets?</b><p><b>A</b>: We basically have two …

Astronomy

EXO’s Suho to play lead role in remake of Japanese drama ‘Rich Man, Poor Woman’

Suho of EXO will play the lead role in a remake of the 2012 Japanese drama “Rich Man, Poor Woman,” his agency S.M. Entertainment said Friday.<p>It will …

Astronomy

Periodic Table of Exoplanets Neatly Classifies Over 3,700 Known Worlds

Astronomer Abel Méndez‏ from the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico has put together a Periodic Table of Exoplanets, …

Astronomy

We just sent a signal to make contact with aliens on a distant 'Super Earth' — here's what we sent

Humanity's first contact with aliens could be a breezy 24 years away. We sent a signal to an Earth-like planet that may host live – and we sent them a mixtape.<p>Humans just tried to contact intelligent aliens.<br>On Oct. 16, 17, and 18 a team of scientists sent a message to aliens. They sent the message …

Aliens

Newly discovered exoplanet could support life

Newly discovered exoplanet Ross 128 b is only 11 light years away. Astronomers found it using a planet hunting instrument called HARPS at the European Southern Observatory in Chile, and say that the temperate world could potentially support life.

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Close new Earth-size world, where year lasts under 10 days

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a close new world about the size of Earth, where a year lasts just under 10 days.<p>At a distance of 11 light-years, Ross 128 b is the second-closest planet to be detected yet outside our solar system with surface temperatures potentially similar …

Astronomy

A Visual Guide to the Search for Exoplanets

This infographic highlights the diversity of our closest stellar neighbors and the planets they host

Astronomy

Scientists found another Earth-like planet, and even more are coming – VICE News

A planet about a third bigger than Earth that could support life as we know it was found just 11 light years away, researchers announced on Wednesday. More than a dozen potentially habitable planets have been identified so far in 2017, and scientists are just getting started.<p>“This has always been a …

Astronomy

Science AMA Series: We’re NASA Earth scientists using satellites to measure life on Earth. The more we learn, the more this question comes into focus: Maybe we're the weird one? How will our work help in the search for life on other planets? AMA!

At NASA, we use the vantage point of space to study Earth and the life it contains. And, so far, our planet is the only one with life (that we know …

Astronomy

Exoplanets Lurking in Dusty Disks Reveal Their Secrets

A disk of gas and dust around a star some 450 light-years from Earth had astronomers puzzled. When observations of the star HL Tauri revealed a …

Astronomy

You Can Visit Real Alien Planets in VR Thanks to This Awesome New Simulation

Ever wonder what it would be like to stand on an alien planet while you're lacerated by burning rain? Most exoplanets might not be great to visit in …

Astronomy

How Will Aliens Look?

Science can help us predict how complex alien life will be different from us.<p>Every living being on planet Earth is unique. Each species in existence …

Astronomy

Should we seed life through the cosmos using laser-driven ships?

Our galaxy may contain billions of habitable worlds that don’t host any life. Should we attempt to change that?<p>Claudius Gros at the Goethe University …

Space Travel

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Often, as we go through the world, the key is to ask the right question.<p>When it comes to figuring out the nature of physical reality, part of that process starts at the absolute edge of the observable universe — the cosmic horizon, a distant layer from which light has only just, in this very …

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