Exoplanets

The Moons of Rogue Planets Could Have Liquid Surface Water and Thick Atmospheres. They Could be Habitable

A rocky world might not need a star to be habitable. It might just need to orbit a large gas…

3 months ago

Exoplanet Surveys are Leaning Towards the Possibility That our Solar System is… Normal

One of the unspoken caveats of most exoplanet discovery missions is that they only operate for a few years.  Such…

4 months ago

Larger Rocky Planets Might be Rare Because They Shrunk

Researchers at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics published a paper last week that just might explain a mysterious…

4 months ago

Hydroxyl (OH) Seen for the First Time in an Exoplanet Atmosphere

The molecule hydroxyl (HO) is common on Earth, but astronomers have not yet determined how abundant it is on other…

4 months ago

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…

5 months 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…

5 months 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…

5 months 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.

5 months 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!

6 months 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…

6 months ago