Scientists have found two families of comets in the developing Beta Pictoris star system, located about 64 million light-years from Earth, including one group that appears to be remnants of a smashed-up protoplanet.
For the first time, astronomers have announced the discovery of an exoplanet that they believe could resemble our solar system's 'ice giants' Uranus or Neptune. Continue reading →
A nearby star is not acting its age, thanks to the influence of a massive exoplanet.
A Neptune-size planet beyond the solar system has telltale traces of water vapor in its atmosphere, making it the smallest exoplanet known to have the wet stuff yet, scientists say.
Exoplanet hunters have just made it easier to identify alien Venuses, in the hopes that doing so will lead to the discovery of more alien Earths.
If Professor Hubert Farnsworth's 'Smell-O-Scope' actually existed, astrobiologists would have pointed it at dozens of alien planets by now.
No matter how advances a hypothetical extraterrestrial civilization becomes, they will still generate a heat signature that we may be able to detect. Continue reading →
Seeking out alien biosignatures in exoplanetary atmospheres will be a key priority for the next generation of space telescopes. Continue reading →
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