Habitable Zone

Ultra hot planet has iron and titanium in its atmosphere

<b>(CNN) —</b> An ultra hot planet 650 light years from Earth has an atmosphere of vaporized iron and titanium and surface temperatures approaching that of our sun, according to new observations.<p>KELT-9b is an "archetype of the class of ultra hot Jupiters that straddle the transition between stars and …

Astronomy

Omega Centauri hosts 10 million stars and probably not an ounce of life

The search for life in outer space is like the holy grail of astronomy. But with some 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe, where do we …

University of California

Ufologists Say 8-Foot Humanoid Aliens From Proxima B Have Visited Earth

<b>In 2012, a strange image started circling around the internet showing what seems to be an extraterrestrial being in Asia. And while scientists were</b> …

Paranormal

This Rocky Exoplanet Is the Most Likely to Support Life

Of the thousands of known exoplanets, Kepler-452b has the most ideal combination of UV light exposure and conditions for liquid water.<p>Scientists have …

Chemistry

Revising the Classical ‘Habitable Zone’

<i>With my time-out period over (more about this next week), I want to get back into gear with the help of Ramses Ramirez, a specialist on planetary</i> …

Exoplanets

Scientists pinpoint exoplanets where life could bloom like here on Earth

A few decades ago, the search for extraterrestrial life was a fringe science. (Remember Jodie Foster’s eccentric and ostracized character in <i>Contact?</i>) …

Universe

Mysterious 'Super Earth' planet 'most likely' candidate to host life - but there's a huge problem

A "Super-Earth" planet that's one-and-half-times the size of our own has emerged as the most likely candidate to support alien life.<p>There's just one problem: Kepler 452b, as it's known, lies beyond the confines of our solar system – a whopping 1,400 light years away from us.<p>Discovered in 2015, the …

University of Cambridge

Huge ‘super Earth’ Kepler 452b is most likely home of alien life in the entire universe, scientists reveal

A ‘super-Earth’ 1,400 light years away from our planet is the most likely place in universe to support alien life, scientists have claimed.<p>Kepler …

Cambridge University

Life Needs Sunlight — and That Could Change Where We Look for Aliens

With every new exoplanet discovered, the same question arises: Could this world host life?<p>The default way scientists first approach that question is …

Universe

With All These New Planets Found in the Habitable Zone, Maybe it’s Time to Fine Tune the Habitable Zone

In the past few decades, thousands of extra-solar planets have been discovered within our galaxy. As of July 28th, 2018, a total of 3,374 extra-solar …

Astronomy

ESA Science & Technology: Science Goals

Science Goals<p>The primary goal of PLATO is to open a new way in exoplanetary science, by detecting terrestrial exoplanets in the habitable zone of …

Astronomy

15 Mind-Boggling Discoveries Scientists Made in 2017

1 of 17<p>Photo: Shutterstock<p>Three Earth-Like Planets<p>Astronomers found not just one but seven planets outside our <b>solar system</b> that circle a tiny star …

Planetary Habitability

Curiosity — Why Are Alien Hunters Looking for the Same Things...

Whether you’re talking about finding carbon-based molecules on Mars or exoplanets that sit in their star’s habitable zone (where liquid water can …

Exoplanets

Why weird star systems are where we’ll find alien life

THE night sky is filled with stars you will never see with the naked eye. It’s not that they are too far away. In fact, they are some of our closest …

Science

Nearby alien planet may be capable of supporting life

One of the nearest exoplanets to Earth may be a decent abode for life.<p>Ross 128b — which lies just 11 light-years from our planet — is likely a rocky and temperate world, a new study suggests.<p>"Although Ross 128b is not Earth's twin, and there is still much we don’t know about its potential geologic …

Science

New Analysis of Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Makes Us Hungry for Better Telescopes

Eleven light-years from Earth, orbiting a dim red star, there’s an exoplanet called Ross 128b that, as we recently reported, has some the best …

Universe

10 of the strangest exoplanets in the universe

Bright pink? Lava? Liquid planets that could hold water? Some far-out planets are truly... out of this world.<br>Read More

Universe

Astronomers Reveal Two New Candidates For Alien Life

The list is getting longer.<p>Space scientists just added two more worlds to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog—the online database ranking the best picks for life in the galaxy.<p>55 planets now make the list—all places where extraterrestrials may exist.<p>Or perhaps not; maybe nothing lives on any of them, …

Exoplanets

Curiosity — For a Planet to Sustain Life, It Needs the...

Every time we discover a planet outside of our solar system, everyone asks the big question: Is it in the habitable zone? That is, is it at a point …

Planetary Habitability

Where the Grass is Always Redder - Exoplanet Exploration: Planets Beyond our Solar System

Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially 'habitable zone' around another star, where liquid water could exist on the …

Universe

Searching for alien life on other moons

So, if we find out how many of these planets are out there, we can get an idea of how many moons might be orbiting around them.<p>Michelle's study found …

Paranormal

Exomoons: On the hunt for distant worlds

<b>The search for exoplanets, which orbit distant stars, has opened up a whole galaxy of worlds beyond our own. Over 3,700 have been discovered to date, but they may have companions.</b><p>Since the first confirmed discovery of planets beyond our own Solar System over 20 years ago, we have known that our …

Astronomy

The two Earth-like exoplanets that may have seasons and stable climates

When looking for exoplanets that could potentially support life, astronomers start with those orbiting within the "habitable zone" – the distance …

Astronomy

Alien Life Could Look Up To A Moonless Night Sky

Earth is the only planet in the universe known to harbor life. Earth’s orbital distance from the Sun ensures that it is not too hot, not too cold, and able to have liquid water on its surface. In other words, Earth lies within the Sun’s habitable zone. We’ve discovered many exoplanets within the …

Astronomy

Habitable water world exoplanets

There are currently about fifty known exoplanets whose diameters range from Mars-sized to several times the Earth's and which also reside within …

Exoplanets

Study gives claims distant exoplanet is more Earth-like than we thought

The Georgia Institute of Technology has published a study that looks at a distant exoplanet that is believed to be Earth-like. This exoplanet is …

Universe

Scientists spot 121 giant planets with habitable moons

Extraterrestrial life could exist on "exomoons" say scientists, whose study will help design a telescope to scan for alien life.<p>The search for alien …

Astronomy

Astronomers identify 121 giant planets likely to host habitable moons

Astronomers have identified 121 giant planets that potentially host habitable moons.

Astronomy

Kepler data reveals 121 gas giants that could harbor habitable moons

Move over, exoplanets. Exomoons could be just as hospitable for life.

Astronomy

The Moons of Some Giant Alien Planets Could Host Life

Researchers have identified more than 100 giant exoplanets that may have potentially life-hosting moons.<p>The new analysis could change the way …

Universe