Exoplanets

Could Earth Life Survive on a Red Dwarf Planet?

Even though exoplanet science has advanced significantly in the last decade or two, we're still in an unfortunate situation. Scientists…

3 months ago

Another Hycean Planet Found? TOI-270 d

Hycean planets may be able to host life even though they're outside what scientists consider the regular habitable zone. Their…

3 months ago

Webb Sees a System That Just Finished Forming its Planets

When a young star begins forming, it's spinning rapidly, surrounded by a flattened disk that grows its future planets. Once…

3 months ago

The LIFE Telescope Passed its First Test: It Detected Biosignatures on Earth.

We know that there are thousands of exoplanets out there, with many millions more waiting to be discovered. But the…

4 months ago

Planets in Binary Star Systems Could be Nice and Habitable

The Star Wars world Tatooine is one of the most recognizable planets in the realm of science fiction. It's a…

4 months ago

Some Intelligent Civilizations Will Be Trapped on their Worlds

Evolution has produced a wondrously diverse variety of lifeforms here on Earth. It just so happens that talking primates with…

4 months ago

If Exoplanets Have Lightning, it’ll Complicate the Search for Life

Discovering exoplanets is almost routine now. We've found over 5,500 exoplanets, and the next step is to study their atmospheres…

4 months ago

Dying Stars Could Have Completely New Habitable Zones

Aging stars that become red giants increase their luminosity and can wreak havoc on planets that were once in the…

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Did the Galileo Mission Find Life on Earth?

Although it was bound for Jupiter, NASA's Galileo spacecraft made flybys of Earth in 1990 and 1992 to get boosts…

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Some Young Planets Are Flattened Smarties, not Spheres.

One of contemporary astronomy's most pressing questions concerns planet formation. We can see more deeply than ever into very young…

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