Proxima Centauri

New Simulations Show Proxima B May Be Comfortable For Life As We Know It

We have long waited for an opportunity to send robots on missions to explore Earth-like planets with Starshot projects. So, people were really …

Exoplanets

Nearest Potentially Habitable Alien Planet Has Three Suns

Most of the stars in the universe come in pairs, orbiting around the same point in space. This is known as a binary star system — planets that reside …

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

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 …

Exoplanets

A New Look at Proxima b's Potential Climate Offers Hope for Future Colonists

Ever since astronomers announced the discovery of an Earth-sized exoplanet less than five light years down the cosmic street, the question on every …

Universe

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 …

Exoplanets

These Federal Aviation Administration Regulations Are Why We're Not Going To Mars

During president Donald Trump’s discussion about drinking processed urine on the International Space Station with duration record-setter Peggy Whitson, the exchange turned to a mission to Mars.<p>Reminded that his own agenda calls for a 2030s NASA Mars mission, Trump asserted:<p>“We want to do it during …

Drones

Scientists Are Examining If Proxima B's Atmosphere Can Support Humans

In August 2016, astronomers thrilled the world by announcing the discovery of a planet orbiting our nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri. This …

Planets

Simulations Predict a Hemisphere-Wide Thunderstorm on Proxima B

Simulations suggest that the closest Earth-like exoplanet would be habitable under a far greater range of orbital and atmospheric conditions than previously assumed.<p>Over the last two decades, Kepler and other space telescopes have discovered thousands of exoplanets orbiting other stars. Of these, …

Why stars twinkle — and where to see them shine brightest

Stargazers, take note.<p>Though light pollution has made the night sky harder than ever to observe, a clear and dark evening can reveal to the eye …

Astronomy

UK Met Office forecasts weather on Proxima B — 4 light years away

Planet orbiting closest neighbouring star is mostly dry but could be habitable<p>Here is the weather for Proxima B, the planet orbiting our closest …

Universe

Probing the Atmospheres of Exoplanets for Signs of Life

How we're searching for another Earth.<p>We've been asking ourselves one universal question since the dawn of modern science: Are we alone? In the early days of astronomy, scientists thought the Earth was the center of everything. But when that Earth-centric view eventually changed and we realized …

Exoplanets

Breakthrough Tech Could Allow Us to Reach Alien Worlds in Just 70 Years

The Quickest Route<p>You’ve heard it said that the quickest route from point A to point B is the straightest path. Nowhere more does this apply than in …

The Future

Finding Signs of Alien Life Might Be Harder Than We Thought. Here’s Why

(Inside Science) — It seems like every day that astronomers discover another possibly habitable world, like Proxima Centauri b, our closest exoplanent neighbor, and TRAPPIST-1f, one of seven recently discovered Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star. But don't prepare for first contact just …

Planets

Now We Know: 'Every Star In The Sky Has At Least 1 Planet'

Three planet-hunters make Time magazine's 100 most influential people list.<p>Time magazine has included three planet-hunters on its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.”<p>They are Natalie Batalha of NASA’s Ames Research Center in California; Michael Gillon from the University …

Exoplanets

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 …

Universe

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

Earth Isn't as Special as Astronomers (and Other Earthlings) Think

We live in a “me, me, me” world. Interest in the self, and its assorted extensions, appears to trump all else. Smug politicians and overhyped celebrities are not the only ones to suffer from this common affliction. Astronomers, who might be expected to develop a broader—humbler?—perspective on …

Universe

Quickest we could visit another star is 69 years – here’s how

Of all the stars in the sky, you might assume the closest to the sun would be the easiest to visit. But this may not be the case.<p>René Heller at the …

Universe

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 …

Astronomy

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

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

The Crazy Scale of Human Carbon Emission

A major question in astrobiology is how we'll measure and interpret the atmospheric composition of any Earth-analog worlds we find out among the …

Climate Change

Newfound exoplanet the latest hot place to look for aliens

The list of planets worth checking for signs of life keeps growing. Another super-Earth in our galactic district has just made it to the top of the chart.<p>Exoplanet discoveries in the past decade have made it clear there are plenty of other solar systems, but in the last year we've increasingly …

Exoplanets

Newfound Super-Earth Boosts Search for Alien Life

For scientists searching the skies for other Earth-like planets—other living worlds—the brightest hope may be a quiet star too dim to be seen with …

Exoplanets

The five best exoplanets in the galaxy to check for alien life

There’s another “Earth-like” world in our galaxy. Today, Jason Dittmann at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and his colleagues …

Planets

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

[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. …

Physics

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

The man who discovered Proxima Centauri b says he was inspired by sci-fi to search for other worlds for humans to colonize.<p>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 …

Exoplanets

Scientists discover atmosphere around distant Earth-like planet

Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around the super Earth-like planet GJ 1132b, a discovery which could help pave the way to finding life outside our solar system.<p>A team of researchers led by Dr. John Southworth of Keele University in the U.K. used the ESO/MPG telescope in Chile to capture …

Universe