Extrasolar Planets

Astronomers Discover the Second-Lightest “Cotton Candy” Exoplanet to Date.

The hunt for extrasolar planets has revealed some truly interesting candidates, not the least of which are planets known as…

2 months ago

Purple Bacteria — Not Green Plants — Might Be the Strongest Indication of Life

Astrobiologists continue to work towards determining which biosignatures might be best to look for when searching for life on other…

3 months ago

Science Fiction is Learning About Exoplanets From Science

As long as it has existed as a genre, there has been a notable relationship between science fiction and science…

4 months ago

Six Planets Found Orbiting an Extremely Young Star

The field of exoplanet study continues to grow by leaps and bounds. As of the penning of this article, 5,572…

6 months ago

If Earth is Average, We Should Find Extraterrestrial Life Within 60 Light-Years

A new study estimates that there could be 11,000 habitable planets within 100 parsecs of our Sun, the nearest being…

10 months ago

If Rogue Planets are Everywhere, How Could We Explore Them?

A new study estimates there could be hundreds of rogue planets nearby that we could explore for signs of extraterrestrial…

12 months ago

JWST Tries to Untangle the Signals of Water. Is it Coming From the Planet or the Star?

Using Webb, a team of scientists may have detected water vapor in a rocky exoplanet's atmosphere (though the signal may…

1 year ago

The Next Generation of Telescopes Will Tell Us About the Weather on Other Worlds

A study shows how next-generation Extremely Large Telescopes are going to let astronomers get a glimpse of what's going on…

1 year ago

Moons Orbiting Rogue Planets Could be Habitable

A new study reveals how rogue planets could have "Ocean World" moons that may support life.

1 year ago

The World's Largest Radio Telescope Just Scanned 33 Exoplanets for a Signal From Aliens

Using China's FAST telescope and a new technique, an international team of astronomers scanned 33 exoplanets for signs of extraterrestrial…

1 year ago