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 →
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?
In the quest for life beyond Earth, a planet with oxygen in its atmosphere is considered holy grail. But appearances can be deceiving.
Through the combined power of two NASA space telescopes, the clouds hanging high in an alien atmosphere have been mapped for the first time. Continue reading →
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