Planetary Habitability

Rare phenomenon allows scientists to weigh our second closest star

Exoplanets

Aliens On Super-Earth Planets May Be Captured By Gravity

<b>Super-Earth planets are large Earth-like planets. According to prior research, they are the most suitable place for a potential extraterrestrial</b> …

Astronomy

Plausible Compositions of the Seven TRAPPIST-1 Planets Using Long-Term Dynamical Simulations

Plausible Compositions of the Seven TRAPPIST-1 Planets Using Long-Term Dynamical Simulations<p>External Online Source:<p>Author and Affiliation:<p>Quarles, …

Space Travel

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 …

Habitable Zone

NASA’s Mars habitat contest looks like the coolest sci-fi movie set ever

You haven’t seen these Mars habitat concepts in your most fantastical dreams. NASA recently announced the top five teams from Phase 3: Level 1 of its …

Habitats

Interstellar travel requires a long-term approach (and humans are too impatient)

The biggest hurdle to mounting an interstellar mission may be humanity's short attention span.<p>It'll take several decades of sustained, focused, coordinated and costly work to pull off a project such as Breakthrough Starshot, which plans to blast fleets of sail-equipped robotic nanocraft toward …

Exoplanets

Pluto’s Earth-like glaciers puzzle scientists

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory / Southwest Research Institute<p>Data returned by NASA’s <i>New Horizons</i> mission …

Solar System

Searching for other Earths

Since the first confirmed detection of a planet orbiting another star in 1995, almost 4000 extrasolar planets have been discovered. We have probably …

Exoplanets

Scientists discovered organic acid in a protoplanetary disk

The discovery testifies to the active progress of organic synthesis processes long before the formation of planets<p>The importance of the finding is …

Universe

NASA's TESS Spacecraft is Searching Space for Earth-Like Planets

NASA’s got an eye way up in the sky and it’s searching outer space. Will NASA’s new TESS spacecraft find the next Earth?

Exoplanets

Gravity Assist Podcast: Exoplanet Hunting with Jon Jenkins

The Gravity Assist Podcast is hosted by NASA's Chief Scientist, Jim Green, who talks to some of the greatest planetary scientists on the planet, …

Universe

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

Most low-mass exoplanets are rocky: research - Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- Most of the known low-mass extrasolar planets are rocky planets, just like Earth, according to a new measurement model …

News (China)

Earth Is Not The Only Planet In The Solar System That Sees Total Solar Eclipses

Eclipse-chasers often spend thousands of dollars traveling across the world to stand under the moon’s shadow to experience totality. So what do you do when you’ve seen the dazzling solar corona dozens of times? You go hunting for eclipses on other planets, that’s what.<p>Last weekend at the Solar …

Astronomy

Rethinking planetary climate controls

Yale researchers have provided a new explanation for why Earth's early climate was more stable and warmer than it is today.<p>When life first evolved …

Space

K2 Campaign 18 downlink successful

The Kepler spacecraft has successfully downloaded Campaign 18 data to Earth. The raw data are now available for download from the K2 data archive at …

Telescopes

Incredible Planet Discovery Yields 44 Confirmed Exoplanets ‘In One Go’

Aside from the 44 confirmed extrasolar planets, the astronomers also found 27 planet candidates, 'most of which are likely to be real.'<p>In an amazing …

Universe

Sorry, Elon Musk. New study says terraforming Mars is simply impossible

Researchers conclude there isn't enough carbon dioxide to turn the red planet into a green one.<p>Before humans can colonize Mars, we’ll need to figure out a way to make it a bit more hospitable. But a surprising new study suggests that “terraforming” Mars into an Earthlike planet — an idea at the …

News

NASA's TESS Spacecraft Captured Amazing Footage of a Comet During Testing - ExtremeTech

NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Captured Amazing Footage of a Comet During Testing<p>By on August 8, 2018 at 11:22 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Astronomy

Astronomers Reveal 44 New Confirmed Exoplanets - ExtremeTech

By on August 8, 2018 at 1:04 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Astronomers usually confirm new …

Exoplanets

These Are The Most Likely Places To Harbor Alien Life In Our Solar System

Although the search for extraterrestrial life typically focuses on the potential habitability of newly discovered exoplanets, humanity’s first contact might actually occur much closer to home. Unfortunately, while none of the Solar System’s other planets have climates suitable for hosting life, …

Astronomy

Kepler Spacecraft Updates

NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and …

Space

Elon Musk: I know more about nuking Mars than scientists

Elon Musk has long had his sights set on an eventual goal of making Mars a more habitable planet. His dreams of manned SpaceX flights ferrying …

Elon Musk

NASA's new exoplanet hunter snaps a comet on its first day of duty

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) did a bit of limbering up before commencing its science operations on July 25, 2018. As a part of …

Astronomy

How does Kepler discover planets?

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope still has some life left in it.<p>The aging exoplanet hunter is now awake after a four-week hibernation period and …

Telescopes

Trump v. the media: Both sides need to pipe down . . . and other comments

<b>Political scribe: Trump, Journos Should Both Pipe Down</b><p>President Richard Nixon’s enemies lists contained more than a few “unfriendly” journalists, …

Donald Trump

Chinese telescope enriches understanding of galaxy - Xinhua

BEIJING, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- A giant star, recently identified as the most lithium-rich star ever known, has been added to the list of distinguished …

News (China)

NASA's biggest-ever hunt for alien planets is finally underway — and the agency expects to discover 'strange, fantastic worlds'

NASA launched its most powerful planet-hunting telescope to date on April 18, but it's taken the spacecraft months of maneuvering to reach a crucial sweet spot.<p>On July 25, TESS— short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite — finally slipped into a unique orbit between Earth and the moon. The …

Exoplanets

NASA's Kepler Space Telescope Not Dead Yet, May Even Have Another Exoplanet Survey Left in It

NASA’s $600 million (£461 million) Kepler space telescope, which is more or less running on thruster fuel fumes nearly a decade after its launch in …

Exoplanets

NASA’s Kepler Telescope Might Not Be Doomed… For Now

It's putting up a good fight.<p>The Kepler space telescope might be dying, but according to NASA, it’s not dead yet. The space agency says the iconic …

Science