The First Atmospheric Rainbow on an Exoplanet?

Astronomers think they've detected the first-ever rainbow-like "glory effect" on an exoplanet. The observations were made with ESA's Cheops mission,…

2 weeks 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…

5 months ago

Titanium Clouds Make This Exoplanet Shine Like a Mirror

ESA's Cheops mission has been studying an ultra-hot exoplanet around a nearby star and discovered its metallic clouds reflect about…

10 months ago

Dwarf Planet Quaoar has a Ring

Quaoar is one of about 3,000 dwarf planets in our Solar System's Kuiper Belt. Astronomers discovered it in 2002. It's…

1 year ago

Archeologists are Planning to Scan the Great Pyramid of Giza With Cosmic Rays With Such Detail, They Should see Every Hidden Chamber Inside

The Great Pyramid of Giza might be the most iconic structure humans ever built. Ancient civilizations constructed archaeological icons that…

2 years ago

Extreme Tidal Forces Have Deformed an Exoplanet

What an exoplanet shaped like a rugby ball tells us about its composition.

2 years ago

Cheops Finds a World That’s Utterly Alien From Anything We Have in the Solar System

The ESA's CHEOPS (Characterizing Exoplanets Satellite) mission has announced its first discovery. It's called WASP-189 b, and it's a blistering…

4 years ago

Astronomers Estimate There Are 6 Billion Earth-Like Planets in the Milky Way

Six billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way? If true, that's astounding. But the number needs some context. The Milky…

4 years ago

Here are the First Pictures from CHEOPS

The CHEOPS spacecraft is taking the first tentative steps in its mission. Back on January 29th, the spacecraft opened the…

4 years ago

CHEOPS Just Opened Its Eyes to Start Studying Known Exoplanets, We Should See the First Picture in a Few Weeks

The CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanets Satellite) spacecraft just opened the cover on its telescope. The spacecraft was launched on December 18th 2019 and…

4 years ago