Astronomers have detected a huge array of exoplanets of different sizes -- now we are on the verge of detecting worlds of different shapes.
Red dwarf stars -- the most common stars in the galaxy -- bathe planets in their habitable zones with potentially deadly stellar winds, a finding that could have significant impacts on the prevalence of life beyond Earth, new research shows.
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.
The space telescope has imaged the nearest star to the sun, Proxima Centauri, but it's still just a point of light shining in the night. Continue reading →
Astronomers have announced the smallest planets yet discovered outside of our solar system, closely orbiting a dim red dwarf star 130 light-years away.