In our quest to discover strange new life on strange new worlds, a group of astronomers have determined that if we are to detect extraterrestrial biology, we should fine-tune our search to the color purple. Continue reading →
Sure, exoplanets are exciting -- but some of them are downright scary.
An Earth-sized planet circling the sun-like star Kepler-78 has Earth-like amounts of iron and rock -- unfortunately it's far from 'habitable.'
Planetary formation theories cannot explain why Kepler-78b -- an Earth-sized, Earth-mass "lava world" -- exists. But one thing is for certain, it's doomed. Continue reading →
Carbon-rich planetary systems are likely bone dry, meaning 'diamond planets' probably aren't life's best friend. Continue reading →
Our historic era of exoplanetary discovery has turned into a red letter day; the first 1,000 exoplanets to be confirmed have been added to the Europe-based Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia. Continue reading →
The Kepler Space Telescope has detected the first multi-planet system that is tilted out of alignment with the host star -- what caused this chaotic mess?
Astronomers have detected exoplanets that orbit so close to their host stars that rock would vaporize and possibly condense in the atmosphere to create a very alien 'rock snow' flurry.
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