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Alien life is out there, but our theories are probably steering us away from it

Jan 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

What we notice depends, quite heavily sometimes, on our theories, concepts, background beliefs, and prior expectations

Glitch delays launch of Europe's exoplanet hunter

Dec 17, 2019 - 11:49 PM

CHEOPS, short for CHaracterising ExxOPlanet Satellite, will seek to better understand what exoplanets are made of – an important step in the long quest to unravel the conditions required for extraterrestrial life

Exoplanet file photo from Shutterstock

Nobel Prize in Physics: How the first exoplanet around a sun-like star was discovered

Oct 19, 2019 - 9:00 AM

This award marks a long-awaited recognition of one of the greatest revolutions in modern astronomy, one that has radically changed our perception of our place in the universe

'EXOPLANET'. Artist impression of the exoplanet 51 Pegasi b. ESO/M. Kornmesser/Nick Risinger, CC BY-SA

Water discovered for first time in atmosphere of habitable exoplanet

Sep 12, 2019 - 9:41 AM

Eight times the mass of Earth and twice as big, K2-18b orbits in its star's 'habitable zone' at a distance – neither too far nor too close – where water can exist in liquid form, scientists report

EXOPLANET. This artist’s impression shows the planet K2-18b, its host star and an accompanying planet in this system. Image from ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser

Here's your chance to name an exoplanet and its host star

Aug 06, 2019 - 7:36 AM

'The names of the exoplanet and its host star should be related to one another and they should be culturally or historically relevant to the Philippines,' says PAGASA

Image from IAU Name Exoworld Philippines' Facebook page

SpaceX blasts off NASA's new planet-hunter, TESS

Apr 19, 2018 - 8:50 AM

The washing machine-sized spacecraft is built to search outside the solar system, scanning the nearest, brightest stars for signs of periodic dimming

NASA'S TESS. In this file photo taken on April 11, 2018 obtained from NASA, technicians assist as the SpaceX payload fairing containing the NASA'€™s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) is moved by crane to a transporter inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at NASA'€™s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. File photo by Kim Shiflett/NASA/AFP

NASA's new planet-hunter to seek closer, Earth-like worlds

Apr 16, 2018 - 1:16 PM

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is scheduled to launch Monday at 6:32 pm (2232 GMT) atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

TESS. Artist concept of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) in front of a lava planet orbiting its host star. Image courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

New planet could support life – ESO observatory

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:23 PM

A new extrasolar system planet can be added to a handful of fellow exoplanets which could theoretically support life, the European Southern Observatory says

This artist’s impression shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b, with its red dwarf parent star in the background. ESO/M. Kornmesser

NASA discovers 10 new Earth-size exoplanets

Jun 20, 2017 - 8:24 AM

The 10 new Earth size planets bring the total to 50 that exist in habitable zones around the galaxy

MORE EXOPLANETS. NASA’s Kepler space telescope team has identified 219 new planet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Feb 23, 2017 - 8:51 PM

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Feb 23, 2017 - 1:56 PM

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7 Earth-like planets found orbiting nearby star

Feb 23, 2017 - 6:41 AM

A nearby dwarf star is orbited by at least 7 exoplanets a number of which have the potential to sustain life scientists announce

This artist’s impression shows the view from the surface of one of the planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. This artist’s impression is based on the known physical parameters for the planets and stars seen, and uses a vast database of objects in the Universe. ESO/M. Kornmesser/spaceengine.org

NASA set to reveal major exoplanet 'discovery'

Feb 22, 2017 - 12:10 PM

NASA will hold a news conference to present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun

PROXIMA B. This artist's impression shows the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image between the planet and Proxima itself. M. Kornmesser/ESO

'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:56 AM

Deep space travel technology has always been unattainable outside the fertile imaginations of filmmakers from Woody Allen and Ridley Scott to James Cameron and Christopher Nolan – until now

Russia's Soyuz MS-03 spacecraft carrying a International Space Station (ISS) crew blasts off from the launch pad to the International Space Station (ISS) early on November 18, 2016 local time. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

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Aug 25, 2016 - 12:20 PM

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Earth-like planet orbiting star nearest our Solar System

Aug 25, 2016 - 1:00 AM

Scientists confirm the presence of an Earth like exoplanet orbiting Proxima Centauri the star nearest our Solar System

PALE RED DOT. This artist’s impression shows a view of the surface of the planet Proxima b orbiting the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System. The double star Alpha Centauri AB also appears in the image to the upper-right of Proxima itself. ESO/M. Kornmesser

NASA's Kepler discovers more than 104 new exoplanets

Jul 19, 2016 - 10:16 AM

NASA: We discovered many planets about twice the size of the Earth orbiting so close to their host stars that they are hotter than 1000 degrees

A crop of more than 100 planets, discovered by NASA'€™s Kepler Space Telescope, includes 4 in Earth'€™s size-range orbiting a single dwarf star. NASA/JPL

Scientists discover strange planet with 3 stars

Jul 08, 2016 - 2:35 PM

The planet named HD 131399Ab is located about 340 light years from Earth and is believed to be about 16 million years old

epa05413486 An undated handout artist's impression made avaiable by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) on 07 July 2016 showing view of the triple-star system HD 131399 from close to the giant planet orbiting in the system. The planet is known as HD 131399Ab and appears at the lower-left of the picture. Located about 320 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur), HD 131399Ab is about 16 million years old, making it also one of the youngest exoplanets discovered to date, and one of very few directly imaged planets. With a temperature of around 580 degrees Celsius and an estimated mass of four Jupiter masses, it is also one of the coldest and least massive directly-imaged exoplanets. EPA/L. Calcada / ESO / HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT: ESO/L. Calcada HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

Real-life Tatooine? Scientists discover giant new planet orbiting two suns

Jun 14, 2016 - 8:24 AM

Located near the Cygnus constellation the planet Kepler 1647 b lies some 3 700 light years away from the Earth

DOUBLE SUN. Artist's impression of the simultaneous stellar eclipse and planetary transit events on Kepler-1647. Illustration by Lynette Cook, via the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

NASA: 1,284 new planets found by Kepler telescope

May 11, 2016 - 4:35 PM

Of the 1 284 nearly 550 could be rocky planets like Earth based on their size

epa05298540 A handout image provided by NASA on 10 May 2016 shows an artist's concept depicting planetary discoveries made by NASA's Kepler space telescope. According to NASA, the Kepler mission has verified 1,284 new planets ? the single largest finding of planets to date. 'This announcement more than doubles the number of confirmed planets from Kepler,' said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington DC, USA. 'This gives us hope that somewhere out there, around a star much like ours, we can eventually discover another Earth.' EPA/W. STENZEL / NASA / HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Scientists discover 3 'potentially habitable' planets

May 02, 2016 - 11:38 PM

Given their size and proximity to their low intensity star all 3 planets may have regions at temperatures within a range suitable for sustaining liquid water and life the study says

AN EXOPLANET'S JOURNEY. Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67. Image courtesy ESO

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Jul 29, 2015 - 1:48 PM

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Jul 24, 2015 - 6:33 PM

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Jul 24, 2015 - 10:50 AM

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Milky Way may host billions of planets in 'habitable' zones – study

Mar 19, 2015 - 2:10 PM

The Milky Way galaxy may be home to billions of planets orbiting their host stars in a habitable zone where life could theoretically exist researchers say

UP IN THE SKY. The zodiacal light (L) and the Milky Way (R) are seen from the region of Salgotarjan, 109 kms northeast of Budapest, Hungary, 17 February 2015. Peter Komka/EPA

Star masses also yield exoplanets

Jan 16, 2014 - 6:35 AM

Astronomers using an exoplanet hunting instrument at the European Southern Observatory ESO in the Chilean desert find that planets are probably just as common in star clusters

AN EXOPLANET'S JOURNEY. Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67. Image courtesy ESO

Kepler planet hunter spacecraft beyond repair: NASA

Aug 16, 2013 - 12:55 PM

NASA said it cannot fix the hobbled Kepler Space Telescope it is now considering what scientific research it can still do

Giant exoplanet reveals its true colors

Jul 11, 2013 - 10:09 PM

There s another blue planet a long long way from Earth no water world but a scorching hostile place where it rains glass sideways

Artist's impression of blue planet HD 189733b. Photo courtesy of NASA/ESA/G. Bacon (STScI)

In feat, telescope directly spots lightweight exoplanet

Jun 04, 2013 - 8:30 AM

The new discovery is a gas giant about four to five times the mass of Jupiter the largest planet of our solar system

LIGHTEST EXOPLANET? This image from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) shows the newly discovered planet HD95086 b (lower left), next to its parent star. The blue circle is the size of the orbit of Neptune in the Solar System. Photo by J Rameau/ESO