Extrasolar Planets

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…

4 weeks ago

Webb Blocks the Star to See a Debris Disk Around Beta Pictoris

You think you know someone, then you see them in a slightly different way and BAM, they surprise you. I’m…

1 month ago

Hubble Watches an Exoplanet Atmosphere Change Over Three Years

If you want to know more about an exoplanet atmosphere, watch how it changes over time. That's the mantra of…

2 months ago

Entropy is the Key to a Planet’s Habitability

We all know that to have life on a world, you need three critical items: water, warmth, and food. Now…

3 months ago

A Planetary System With Six Sub-Neptunes Locked in Perfect Resonance

Researchers using TESS and Cheops data found a system with six sub-Neptune-sized planets, all orbiting in direct resonance with each…

3 months ago

Next Generation Space Telescopes Could Use Deformable Mirrors to Image Earth-Sized Worlds

NASA and its commercial partners are working on deformable mirrors (DM) that will allow next-generation telescopes to directly observe exoplanets.

3 months ago

The Combination of Oxygen and Methane Could Reveal the Presence of Life on Another World

In a recent study, a pair of researchers from the Carl Sagan Institute developed a model for finding exoplanets similar…

4 months ago

Will Solar Panels Work at Proxima Centauri?

Solar panels are the perfect way to provide electricity for spacecraft operating near the Sun. Spacecraft as far out as…

5 months ago

The Most Compelling Places to Search for Life Will Look Like “Anomalies”

A new study considers how future astrobiology studies could search for life "as we don't know it" on exoplanets.

6 months ago

The PLATO Mission Could be the Most Successful Planet Hunter Ever

A new study estimates how many exoplanets the ESA's PLATO mission will discover during its four-year run, with encouraging results!

7 months ago