Can We Predict if a System Will Have Giant Planets?

Prediction is one of the hallmarks of scientific endeavors. Scientists pride themselves on being able to predict physical realities based…

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JWST is Powerful Enough to See a Variety of Biosignatures in Exoplanets

According to a new study, JWST is powerful enough to detect the chemicals in the atmospheres of various terrestrial planets…

4 months ago

This Hot Jupiter is Leaving a Swirling Tail of Helium in its Wake

In a recent study published in Science Advances, a team of researchers commissioned the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), which is designed…

4 months ago

A Planet So Hot Its Atmosphere Contains the Raw Material for Rocks

In the annals of "strange new worlds", the ultra-hot Jupiter planet WASP-76b ranks right up there as a very unusual…

4 months ago

Is it Time for a New Definition of “Habitable?”

Things tend to move from the simple to the complex when you're trying to understand something new. This is the…

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JWST Scans an Ultra-Hot Jupiter’s Atmosphere

When astronomers discovered WASP-18b in 2009, they uncovered one of the most unusual planets ever found. It's ten times as…

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The Kepler Mission’s Final Three Planets?

NASA's Kepler spacecraft ended its observations in October 2018 after nine and a half years, a solid six years beyond…

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A Third of Planets Orbiting Red Dwarf Stars Could be in the Habitable Zone

A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a pair of researchers from the University…

4 months ago

A New Place to Search for Habitable Planets: “The Soot Line.”

The habitable zone is the region around a star where planets can maintain liquid water on their surface. It's axiomatic…

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Two Super-Earths Found Orbiting a Red Dwarf Star at the Edge of the Habitable Zone

NASA's TESS mission has turned up hundreds of planets and planetary candidates, and here are two more.

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