exoplanets

Ground-Based Observatories Could use Starshades to see Planets too

All hail the occulter: an orbiting starshade for ground-based telescopes. (more…)

3 months ago

Ocean Worlds With Hydrogen-Rich Atmospheres Could be the Perfect Spots for Life

A new study has identified another class of exoplanet that could drastically increase the odds of finding life beyond the…

3 months ago

Rocky Planet Found With Only Half the Mass of Venus

When it comes to finding exoplanets, size matters, but so does weight.  The larger and heavier the planet, the more…

4 months ago

Astronomers Find a Huge Planet Orbiting its Star at 6,000 Times the Earth-Sun Distance

Tracking exoplanets is hard - especially when that exoplanet is so far away from its parent star that the normally…

4 months ago

This is how you get Tatooines. Binary Star Planet Formation

One of the less appreciated aspects of George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars was that he predicted the existence of…

4 months ago

Incredible! Astronomers see a Moon-Forming Disk Around a Newly Forming Planet

Planetary formation is a complicated, multilayered process.  Even with the influx of data on exoplanets, there are still only two…

4 months ago

There are Probably Many More Earth-Sized Worlds Than Previously Believed

In the past decade, the discovery of extrasolar planets has accelerated immensely. To date, 4,424 exoplanets have been confirmed in…

5 months ago

To Take the Best Direct Images of Exoplanets With Space Telescopes, we’re Going to Want Starshades

The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) has released a special edition of papers dedicated to educating the…

5 months ago

A Lunar Farside Telescope Could Detect Exoplanets Through Their Magnetospheres

Earth's ionosphere blocks us from seeing radio aurora on distant worlds, but a radio telescope on the Moon would let…

5 months ago

A New Technique for “Seeing” Exoplanet Surfaces Based on the Content of their Atmospheres

A new study takes a look at how the presence of a surface can affect an exoplanets atmosphere, giving astrobiologists…

5 months ago