Astronomers have detected a huge array of exoplanets of different sizes -- now we are on the verge of detecting worlds of different shapes.
For the first time, a computer simulation has shown that, in theory, habitable binary planets can exist -- what would this mean for the evolution of alien life?
Dust gets everywhere, particularly around young stars. But when it comes to the presence of dust in their interplanetary environments, many mature sun-like stars are very house-proud. Continue reading →
The discovery of a Uranus-like planet orbiting a very distant star could tell us a great deal about our own ice giants.
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.
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