Extrasolar Planets

Do Planets Have the Raw Ingredients for Life? The Answer is in their Stars

Finding planets that already have, or have the ingredients for intelligent life is a real challenge. It is exciting that…

4 days ago

Take a Look at These Stunning New Exoplanet Infographics

Martin Vargic is a space enthusiast, author, and graphic artist from Slovakia. He created two new infographic posters that show…

2 weeks ago

Instead of Losing its Atmosphere, an Exoplanet Puffed Up and Held Onto it

To date, astronomers have confirmed the existence of 5638 extrasolar planets in 4,199 star systems. In the process, scientists have…

1 month ago

Astronomers Discover the Second-Lightest “Cotton Candy” Exoplanet to Date.

The hunt for extrasolar planets has revealed some truly interesting candidates, not the least of which are planets known as…

2 months ago

You Can't Know the True Size of an Exoplanet Without Knowing its Star's Magnetic Field

In 2011, astronomers with the Wide Angle Search for Planets (WASP) consortium detected a gas giant orbiting very close to…

3 months ago

Webb Finds Hints of a Third Planet at PDS 70

The exoplanet census now stands at 5,599 confirmed discoveries in 4,163 star systems, with another 10,157 candidates awaiting confirmation. So…

4 months ago

This Hot Jupiter is Doomed to Crash Into its Star in Just Three Million Years

In 2008, astronomers with the SuperWASP survey spotted WASP-12b as it transited in front of its star. At the time,…

4 months ago

Science Fiction is Learning About Exoplanets From Science

As long as it has existed as a genre, there has been a notable relationship between science fiction and science…

4 months ago

Astronomers Image 62 Newly-Forming Planetary Systems

Astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile have now completed one of the largest surveys ever to hunt for…

4 months ago

Six Planets Found Orbiting an Extremely Young Star

The field of exoplanet study continues to grow by leaps and bounds. As of the penning of this article, 5,572…

5 months ago