The number of known planets beyond the solar system took a giant leap thanks to a new technique that verifies candidate planets found by NASA’s Kepler space telescope in batches rather than one-by-one.
A planet-hunting project is snapping pictures of alien worlds and other objects orbiting nearby stars in an effort to give scientists a better understanding of these intriguing exoplanets.
In this awesome video released by Deep Astronomy, narrated by Tony Darnell and produced by Scott Lewis, Kepler's science is explained, giving us a fascinating insight to this historic exoplanet-hunting mission. Continue reading →
The first detection of intelligent extraterrestrial life will likely come within the next quarter-century
Earth may be a nice and cozy place for life as we know it to evolve, but is it really the best place for life to thrive? Probably not, say two researchers. Continue reading →
NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered a veritable menagerie of alien worlds orbiting other stars, but this most recent exoplanetary find is perhaps one of the strangest.
Earth's place in the solar system is just right. It's not too hot, like Venus, and it's not too cold, like Mars, and this 'Goldilocks zone' of habitability around other stars like the sun just might be bigger than thought.
Lawmakers of the House Science Committee discussed the search for extraterrestrial life with three experts for 2 hours -- an event that exposed the good and bad of political attitudes toward science. Continue reading →
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