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.
Early planets may have harbored microbial life just after the universe started, warmed by cosmic radiation, says a new theory.
A sophisticated exoplanet-hunting instrument, attached to one of the most powerful telescopes in the world, has opened its infrared eye for the first time.
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.
In an interesting twist to the story of NASA's ace planet-hunting telescope Kepler, mission managers have announced their intention to bring the mission back online despite suffering a crippling blow in May. Continue reading →
Data suggest there's about 10 billion Earth-sized worlds orbiting within their star's habitable zones in the Milky Way.
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 →
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