Exoplanets

Astronomers are Watching a gas Giant Grow, Right in Front of Their Eyes

In the vastness of space, astronomers are likely to find instances of almost every astronomical phenomena if they look hard…

1 week ago

A Recent Megaflare Shows that Proxima Centauri is not a Nice Place to Live

A new international research effort observed a massive solar flare from Proxima Centauri, which indicates (yet again) that its not…

3 weeks ago

Giant Planet is Found at an Extreme Distance From its Star

One of the best things about the sheer number of exoplanets that astronomers are currently finding is how some are…

3 weeks ago

Finding Oxygen on an Alien World Doesn't Always Mean There's Life There

Oxygen could indicate presence of life on another world, but for red dwarf planets finding oxygen isn't enough.

4 weeks ago

If Astronomers see Isoprene in the Atmosphere of an Alien World, There’s a Good Chance There’s Life There

According to new research from MIT, isoprene is another biosignature we should be on the lookout for on exoplanets!

1 month ago

Oh, the Irony. There are Likely Water Worlds Everywhere, but They’re Covered in ice and Impossible to Investigate

Liquid water was originally thought to be relatively rare in the solar system.  But one of the most important discoveries…

2 months ago

A Planet Lost Its Atmosphere, So Its Volcanoes Made It a New One

A red-dwarf star called Gliese 1132 or GJ 1132 for short (astronomers and their fun nicknames!) smolders on some 41…

2 months ago

Vega Might Have a Planet

Vega is one of the brightest and best known stars in the night (or even twilight) sky.  Located in the…

2 months ago

This Exoplanetary System Breaks all the Rules

It's just like a normal solar system...except completely backwards. (more…)

2 months ago

We Could Find Extraterrestrial Civilizations by Their Air Pollution

Upcoming telescopes will give us more power to search for biosignatures on all the exoplanets we've found. Much of the…

3 months ago