Proxima Centauri

We could visit another star system in just 69 years

It makes sense if the first star we visit is Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky.<p>When news broke last year that an Earth-like planet was …

Astronomy

3 Planet-Hunters Make Time's List of 100 Most Influential People

With a mounting number of planets being discovered outside Earth's solar system, expanding humanity's understanding of the geography of the universe, …

Exoplanets

No encounters: most ambitious alien search to date draws a blank

Only intelligent signals Breakthrough Listen project detected in first year are from mobile phones and other Earthly devices<p>Astronomers who have been listening for signals from alien civilisations in the most intensive hunt for extraterrestrials yet have found no evidence of life in its first year …

Exoplanets

Ingenuity and Old Technology Will Help Us Find More Habitable Exoplanets

On Thursday, astronomers and astrophysicists gathered at Stanford University for the Breakthrough Discuss Conference to share research on topics that …

Exoplanets

The Next Earth May Be Even Closer Than We Imagined

Discovering Proxima B<p>In August 2016, researchers discovered a potentially habitable planet about the same size as Earth orbiting the closest stellar …

The Future

This is the one! Super-Earth 40 light years away is our 'best chance of finding alien life yet'

The planet, named LHS 1140b, is orbiting a red dwarf star, much smaller than our Sun<p>A newly discovered exoplanet is causing excitement among …

Exoplanets

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Cosmology

[1704.04310] Relativistic Light Sails

Abstract: One proposed method for spacecraft to reach nearby stars is by accelerating sails using either solar radiation pressure or beamed lasers. …

Space Science

If We Colonize a Neighboring Solar System, Thank Guillem Anglada-Escudé - Motherboard

Nowadays, Guillem Anglada-Escudé can analyze telescope data for over 14 hours without so much as looking up. But as a kid growing up in Barcelona, he was "not much into math."<p>Sitting in his office at the School of Physics and Astronomy of Queen Mary University London, he tells me that it was only …

Exoplanets

The space weather forecast for Proxima Centauri B

Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Earth (only 4.28 light-years away) is getting a lot of attention these days. It hosts a planet, Proxima Cen …

Exoplanets

So is TRAPPIST-1 a flaring hell or a planetary system where it practi

TRAPPIST-1 opens up an exciting field for astronomers: a small, nearby, compact planetary system with seven Mars- to Earth-size worlds orbiting in …

Astronomy

Your guide to the most habitable exoplanets

Exoplanets are now a dime a dozen. Before 1995 it was unknown whether or not other main sequence stars even hosted their own planets, but now we know …

Exoplanets

Cosmic Rays Near Proxima Centauri b

Cosmic rays are an important factor of space weather determining radiation conditions near the Earth and it seems to be essential to clarify …

Astronomy

Here Are the 7 Best Places in the Universe to Look for Alien Life

In 1899, Nicola Tesla claimed he had tuned in radio broadcasts from the planet Mars, history's first reported SETI signal. For most of the century-plus since, techniques have changed but the relentless focus among those seeking life beyond Earth has remained the same: Mars, Mars, Mars. That …

Extraterrestrial Life

Research impact category: award winner and runners up

Queen Mary academics found an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun<p>Winner: Queen Mary University of London<p>Project: Pale Red Dot: the search and discovery of<p>Proxima b<p>Are we alone in the universe? Humanity has been fascinated by the idea that …

Exoplanets

App News: Exodus: Proxima Centauri Coming to Digital, Nomad Games Teases...Something, Ravensburger Puzzle App Turns Three and more...

by David Neumann, iOS News <b>App News</b><br>[hr]<b><br>Exodus: Proxima Centauri Coming to Digital via Offworld Games</b><br>We first ran into Offworld Games back in 2015 when …

Board Games

Year in science: 15 amazing things humans discovered in 2016

While various pundits have claimed we are living in a post-truth world, those slaves to reality – scientists – have been busy discovering facts and …

Astronomy

The 4X Board Game 'Exodus: Proxima Centauri' Is Coming to Mobile

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Game Development

Light Could Be The Answer To All Our Space Travel Problems

Voyaging Among The Stars<p>Right now, space travel as we know it is plagued by a few stubborn problems, most of which boil down to striking a balance …

The Future

A whole (galaxy of) new worlds: The A Capella Science of exoplanets

2Tim Blais has created an astonishing and funny — and scientifically accurate— video about exoplanets, set to the tunes of songs from <i>Aladdin</i>.

Astronomy

Astronomers took a closer look at 7 new Earth-size planets — and there's some bad news for aliens

In what is becoming a bit of a roller coaster of emotions, it seems that at least a couple – if not all – of the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system could have already been stripped of their atmosphere by the star's radiation, making it unlikely that liquid water could flow on their …

Astronomy

Astronomers Aren't Sure if TRAPPIST-1's Planets Are Habitable After All

But there's still some hope!<p>In what is becoming a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions, it seems that at least a couple – if not all – of the seven …

Astronomy

Traversing through space: What lies in the Universe?

<b>By Michael Strauss</b><p>As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in …

Cosmology

Astronomers just discovered the most important exoplanet in history

You must have heard about NASA’s recent discovery of a new solar system containing 7 exoplanets that might harbor life but few months ago the …

Astronomy

FAQ

An exoplanet is a planet outside our solar system, usually orbiting another star. They are also sometimes called "extrasolar planets", "extra-" …

Exoplanets

Warp Speed Won’t Get Us to the Stars, but This Just Might

People have dreamed about interstellar travel for decades. Wouldn't it be nice to escape political turmoil, climate change, overpopulation, and nuclear proliferation? Wouldn't it be nice to move, with a few family members and friends, to a welcoming virgin world?<p>Hollywood makes it seem easy. We …

Space Travel

Scientists discover 7 'Earthlike' planets orbiting a nearby star

A newfound solar system just 39 light years away contains seven warm, rocky, Earthlike planets, scientists say.<p>The discovery, reported Wednesday in the journal Nature, represents the first time astronomers have ever detected so many terrestrial planets orbiting a single star. Researchers say the …

Exoplanets

Astronomers have found 7 Earth-size planets circling a dwarf star — and some might be able to host life

• <b>TRAPPIST-1, a red dwarf star 39 light-years away from us, has seven Earth-size planets orbiting it.</b>• <b><br>It's likely that all of these planets are rocky and may possibly harbor liquid water.</b>• <b><br>Red dwarf stars are the most abundant type of star in the Milky Way galaxy.</b>• <b><br>In the future, telescopes might be able</b> …

Exoplanets

NASA just made a huge announcement about the search for a 'second Earth' outside our solar system

Seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting a nearby star, three of which appear to be warm enough to sustain life, according to …

Exoplanets

7 Earth-Sized Planets Found Orbiting a Tiny Star - D-brief

By John Wenz | February 22, 2017 12:01 pm<p><i>(Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)</i><p>TRAPPIST-1 has a solar system like no other. The tiny, tiny red dwarf is just …

Exoplanets