Exoplanets

Astronomers see a Moon-Forming Disk Around a Super-Jupiter

Recently, astronomers have been finding protoplanetary discs around certain stars.  Their discovery has helped kick off a new work in…

12 hours ago

Rare Planet Found Orbiting Three Stars

It's a hat-trick! Astronomers may have spotted the first ever known planet orbiting not one, not two, but three stars.…

1 week ago

An Exoplanet Reaches 2400 C in One Hemisphere. Does it Really Rain Iron?

WASP-76b is an ultra-hot Jupiter about 640 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Pisces. A few years ago it…

2 weeks ago

Future Telescopes Could be Seeing the Wrong Planets

When we directly observe distant worlds, some exoplanets might appear Earth-like, even when they are not.

2 weeks ago

A New Way to Search for Exomoons

We'd love to find another planet like Earth. Not exactly like Earth; that's kind of ridiculous and probably a little…

1 month ago

Ground-Based Observatories Could use Starshades to see Planets too

All hail the occulter: an orbiting starshade for ground-based telescopes. (more…)

1 month ago

Rocky Planet Found With Only Half the Mass of Venus

When it comes to finding exoplanets, size matters, but so does weight.  The larger and heavier the planet, the more…

2 months ago

Good News! Red Dwarfs Blast Their Superflares out the Poles, Sparing Their Planets From Destruction

The stellar flares of red dwarfs are mostly directed from their poles, which is good news for potentially habitable planets.

2 months ago

Astronomers Find a Huge Planet Orbiting its Star at 6,000 Times the Earth-Sun Distance

Tracking exoplanets is hard - especially when that exoplanet is so far away from its parent star that the normally…

3 months ago

Incredible! Astronomers see a Moon-Forming Disk Around a Newly Forming Planet

Planetary formation is a complicated, multilayered process.  Even with the influx of data on exoplanets, there are still only two…

3 months ago