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Five Snapshots of how the Earth Looked at Key Points in its History Could Help us Find Habitable Exoplanets

A study by Cornell's Carl Sagan Institute provides models of how Earth looked like over time, which could help us…

5 days ago

How Will Clouds Obscure the View of Exoplanet Surfaces?

A new study shows how the presence of a cloud layer could make it harder for the James Webb Space…

1 week ago

Your Umbrella is Insufficient on a Planet Where it Rains Iron

Imagine a planet where it rained iron. Sounds impossible. But on one distant exoplanet, which is tidally locked to its…

4 weeks ago

Gas and Dust Stop Planets From Eating Their Moons

A team of Japanese researchers have created a new model for moon formation that explains how planets like Saturn end…

4 weeks ago

WFIRST Passes an Important Milestone, it’s Time to Begin Development and Testing

Soon, astronomers and astrophysicists will have more observing power than they know what to do with. Not only will the…

1 month ago

Are Low Density “Cotton Candy” Exoplanets Actually Just Regular Planets With Rings?

There's a type of exoplanet that astronomers sometimes refer to as cotton candy planets, or super-puffs. They're mysterious, because their…

1 month ago

Detecting Exoplanets Through Their Exoauroras

A team of scientists from the Netherlands have proposed an exciting new approach for finding exoplanets: look for signs of…

1 month 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…

2 months 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…

2 months ago

Here’s What the Climate Might Look Like on Proxima Centauri B

NASA scientists have run simulations that show what the climate on Proxima b might be like, with encouraging results!

2 months ago