exoplanets

Brown Dwarfs can Spin so Fast They Almost Tear Themselves Apart

Some brown dwarfs rotate so fast that they are flattened spheres. If they rotate any faster they might fly apart.

3 days ago

Jupiter Could Make an Ideal Dark Matter Detector

So, you want to find dark matter, but you don't know where to look? A giant planet might be exactly…

6 days ago

Roman Telescope Could Turn up Over 100,000 Planets Through Microlensing

Recently we reported on a haul of 2,200 new exoplanets from the 2 year primary mission of the Transiting Exoplanet…

2 weeks ago

If Astronomers see Isoprene in the Atmosphere of an Alien World, There’s a Good Chance There’s Life There

According to new research from MIT, isoprene is another biosignature we should be on the lookout for on exoplanets!

2 weeks ago

Oh, the Irony. There are Likely Water Worlds Everywhere, but They’re Covered in ice and Impossible to Investigate

Liquid water was originally thought to be relatively rare in the solar system.  But one of the most important discoveries…

4 weeks ago

A Planet Lost Its Atmosphere, So Its Volcanoes Made It a New One

A red-dwarf star called Gliese 1132 or GJ 1132 for short (astronomers and their fun nicknames!) smolders on some 41…

1 month ago

Vega Might Have a Planet

Vega is one of the brightest and best known stars in the night (or even twilight) sky.  Located in the…

1 month ago

How Would Rain be Different on an Alien World?

A new study takes a look at possible rainfall patterns on exoplanets, which could help narrow the search for extraterrestrial…

1 month ago

Just Some of the Planets That TESS Has Found Nearby

Using data from TESS and a number of other observatories, an international team has found a system with three exoplanets…

2 months ago

Possible Super-Earth in the Habitable Zone at Alpha Centauri

Astronomers using a new technique may have not only found a super-Earth at a neighbouring star, but they may also…

2 months ago