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Feb 24, 2015 12:51 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
A new study has taken a look at the gas giant from a whole different perspective -- as an alien, living far beyond the solar system, would see it.
Feb 20, 2015 02:11 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
By watching how an exoplanet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris interacts with circumstellar dust, astronomers are beginning to understand how to look for the dusty fingerprints of hidden alien worlds. Continue reading →
Feb 12, 2015 08:03 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
In a sneak peek of a possible future mission to Saturn's moon Titan, NASA has showcased their vision of a robotic submersible that could explore the moon's vast lakes of liquid methane and ethane.
Feb 2, 2015 10:52 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
As NASA applauds its boosted budget request, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory are excited to see a robotic mission to Europa take a big step towards being launched in the mid-2020s.
Jan 29, 2015 02:42 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
New research suggests that the frozen cores of 'mini-Neptunes' could be transformed into habitable worlds with a little help from their red dwarf hosts.
Jan 27, 2015 11:28 AM ET // Ian O'Neill
Astronomers have found an ancient, more compact version of our solar system, which could have implications for the search of extraterrestrial life.
Jan 26, 2015 05:16 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
If you thought Saturn's ring system was impressive, spare a thought for the rings surrounding this giant exoplanet -- the rings of J1407b are so big that they eclipse the massive world's host star!
Jan 13, 2015 10:11 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Today, for the first time ever, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has officially opened its worldwide public contest to name a selection of well-known exoplanets.
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