Exoplanets

Astronomers Have a New Way to Find Exoplanets in Cataclysmic Binary Systems

Have you heard of LU Camelopardalis, QZ Serpentis, V1007 Herculis and BK Lyncis? No, they're not members of a boy…

3 weeks ago

An Ambitious Plan to Find Earth 2.0

When it comes to astronomy, the more instruments watching the sky, the better. Which is why it has been so…

3 weeks ago

Earth has Clouds of Water. Hot Exoplanets Have Clouds of Sand

A team of astronomers studied brown dwarfs to figure out how hot exoplanets form clouds of sand. They found that…

3 weeks ago

Water Worlds Could Have Plumes of Nutrients Carried up From Down Below

Earth's oceans are one huge, uniform electrolyte solution. They contain salt (sodium chloride) and other nutrients like magnesium, sulphate, and…

1 month ago

Using the Sun as a Gravitational Lens Would Let Us See Exoplanets With Incredible Resolution

Have you ever seen wispy arcs and rings in astronomical images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and other observatories?…

2 months ago

Two New Rocky Planets Discovered Close to the Solar System

TESS has struck paydirt again. NASA's planet-hunting spacecraft has found two new super-Earths orbiting a star only 33 light-years away.…

2 months ago

How Do Hot Jupiters Get So Close to Their Stars?

In this age of exoplanet discovery, we've discovered thousands of exoplanets of different types. The hot Jupiter is one of…

2 months ago

Objects That Share the Same Orbit are Common in the Solar System. But we’ve Never Seen co-Orbital Exoplanets. Why?

“Where are all the Trojans” is a question valid in both the study of ancient history and the study of…

2 months ago

“Wind-Ruffled Waves, Foam and Wave Shadows, Above Natural Blue Seawater.” This is how we’ll Spot Exoplanets With Oceans

Our planet's oceans generate tell-tale light signatures when sunlight reflects off them. Exoplanets with significant ocean coverage may do the…

3 months ago

These are the Best Places to Search for Habitable Exomoons

Our Solar System contains eight planets and more than 200 moons. The large majority of those moons have no chance…

3 months ago