Is Our Solar System Weird?

by Brian Koberlein July 17, 2014

Is our Solar System normal? Or is it weird? How does the Solar System fit within the strange star systems we’ve discovered in the Milky Way so far? Brian Koberlein on Google+

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Will We Find Alien Life Within 20 Years? You Can Bet On It.

by Jason Major May 28, 2014

During a hearing last week before the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee SETI scientists Seth Shostak and Dan Werthimer asserted that solid evidence for extraterrestrial life in our galaxy — or, at the very least, solid evidence for a definitive lack of it — will come within the next two decades. It’s a bold […]

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Kepler Space Telescope Gets A New Exoplanet-Hunting Mission

by Elizabeth Howell May 16, 2014

After several months with their telescope on the sidelines, the Kepler space telescope team has happy news to report: the exoplanet hunter is going to do a new mission that will compensate for the failure that stopped its original work. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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What Steps Are Needed To Find More Earths?

by Elizabeth Howell April 28, 2014

It wasn’t so long ago that we found out there is an Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone of a star. But how many others are out there, and do we know if planets like this are truly habitable? Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!

by Jason Major April 17, 2014

It’s truly a “eureka” moment for Kepler scientists: the first rocky Earth-sized world has been found in a star’s habitable “Goldilocks” zone, the narrow belt where liquid water could readily exist on a planet’s surface without freezing solid or boiling away. And while it’s much too soon to tell if this really is a “twin […]

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