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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.
Jan 11, 2015 10:00 AM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
Intriguing features photographed by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity probably don't have a biological origin, mission team members say.
Jan 7, 2015 02:50 PM ET // Mike Wall, Space.com
NASA's Kepler spacecraft has discovered its 1,000th alien planet, further cementing the prolific exoplanet-hunting mission's status as a space-science legend.
Jan 7, 2015 01:25 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
After pointing the Allen Telescope Array at a newly-found exoplanet discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, SETI reports there is no transmitting alien civilization. But the search continues...
Jan 6, 2015 07:00 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
There are compelling structures in a slab of sedimentary Mars rock, but their discovery alone won't prove there was ancient life on Mars.
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