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Extrasolar Planets

Competition Will Let You Name an Exoplanet

When it comes to naming all those exoplanets that astronomers keep finding, it's up to the International Astronomical Union (IAU)…

7 days ago

Prototype of a Future Interstellar Probe was Just Tested on a Balloon

Researchers with the UCSB Experimental Cosmology Group recently conducted a successful stratospheric test of their wafercraft, which could be traveling…

2 months ago

Which Habitable Zones are the Best to Actually Search for Life?

A new study conducted by an international team of scientists examines what the term "habitable zone" means and how next-generation…

3 months ago

Complex Life Might Require a Very Narrow Habitable Zone

A new study has placed new constraints on the emergence of complex life, which effectively narrows what what we would…

4 months ago

This is Kepler’s Final Image

Even in retirement, the Kepler space telescope is still allowing for discoveries, which include it's "last light" images and recordings.

4 months ago

Geothermal Heating Could Make Life Possible on the Super Earth Planet at Barnard’s Star

In 2018, scientists announced the discovery of a extrasolar planet orbiting Barnard's star, an M-type (red dwarf) that is just…

5 months ago

Seeding the Milky Way with Life Using Genesis Missions

Claudius Gros, the founder of Project Genesis, makes the case that when it comes to extrasolar planets, the rules of…

5 months ago

Habitable Planets Around Red Dwarf Stars Might not get Enough Photons to Support Plant Life

A new study shows that planets orbiting red dwarf stars may not get enough radiation to support photosynthesis.

5 months ago

Astronomy Cast Ep. 512: Direct Imaging of Exoplanets

Finding planets is old news, we now know of thousands and thousands of the places. But the terrible irony is…

6 months ago

New SPECULOOS Telescope Sees First Light. Soon it’ll be Seeing Habitable Planets Around Ultra-Cool Stars

Our newest planet-hunting telescope is up and running at the ESO's Paranal Observatory in the Atacama Desert in Chile. SPECULOOS,…

7 months ago