Seeking out alien biosignatures in exoplanetary atmospheres will be a key priority for the next generation of space telescopes. Continue reading →
'We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.' -- Matthew McConaughey Continue reading →
A double star system with misaligned protoplanetary disks around 450 light-years from Earth has been discovered, potentially explaining why some exoplanet orbits can be wildly eccentric. Continue reading →
NASA's Kepler and Spitzer space telescopes have teamed up to precisely measure one exoplanet's vital statistics -- from 300 light-years away. Continue reading →
Telltale pollution could reveal ET, study shows
A newfound alien planet is one for the record books.
Humanity will probably have to wait a few decades to find out if life is common beyond our own solar system.
In the case of a newly-discovered exoplanet orbiting a star only 16 light-years away, although astronomers may call it 'habitable,' it's likely anything but. Continue reading →
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