exoplanet

If Hycean Worlds Really Exist, What are Their Oceans Like?

Astronomers have been on the hunt for a new kind of exoplanet in recent years – one especially suited for…

1 week ago

Water Vapor Found in the Atmosphere of a Small Exoplanet

A recent study published in The Astrophysucal Journal Letters discusses the detection of water within the atmosphere of GJ 9827…

1 month ago

Exoplanets: Why study them? What are the challenges? What can they teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has explored the importance of studying impact craters and planetary surfaces and what these scientific disciplines can teach…

1 month ago

Life on Earth Uses Water as a Solvent. What are Some Other Options for Life as We Don't Know it?

Your body's cells use water to dissolve chemicals. It's the same with all life on Earth. But could other fluids…

1 month ago

Big Planets Don’t Necessarily Mean Big Moons

Does the size of an exomoon help determine if life could form on an exoplanet it’s orbiting? This is something…

2 months ago

A Tiny Telescope is Revealing “Hot Jupiter” Secrets

A recent study presented this week at the 2023 meeting of the American Geophysical Union discusses observations of “hot Jupiters”…

3 months ago

Planets Orbiting Pulsars Should Have Strange and Beautiful Auroras. And We Could Detect Them

We have been treated to some amazing aurora displays over recent months. The enigmatic lights are caused by charged particles…

3 months ago

Where are All the Double Planets?

A recent study published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society examines formation mechanisms for how binary planets—two…

3 months ago

Exo-Jupiters’ Commonality and Exclusivity Highlighted in Two New Studies

A pair of recent studies conduct in-depth analyses of Jupiter-sized exoplanets, also known as Exo-Jupiters, and were published in Nature…

4 months ago

An Exoplanet so Hot it has Clouds Made of Quartz

A recent study published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters used data obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) Mid-Infrared…

5 months ago