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?
Lee Billing' new book captures the excitement and humanity behind the search for exoplanets. Continue reading →
As sun-like stars age, they will force the habitable zone outward, cooking previously life-giving orbits, like Earth's -- ancient red dwarf stars, however, remain stable for much longer, perhaps nurturing vastly more intelligent life. Continue reading →
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