Methane

New Answers for Mars’ Methane Mystery

Planetary scientists perk up whenever methane is mentioned. Methane is produced by living things on Earth, so it's considered to…

2 weeks ago

What Can Early Earth Teach Us About the Search for Life?

Earth is the only life-supporting planet we know of, so it's tempting to use it as a standard in the…

3 weeks ago

Is the JWST Now an Interplanetary Meteorologist?

The JWST keeps one-upping itself. In the telescope's latest act of outdoing itself, it examined a distant exoplanet to map…

4 weeks ago

A Cold Brown Dwarf is Belching Methane Into Space

Brown dwarfs span the line between planets and stars. By definition, a star must be massive enough for hydrogen fusion…

1 month ago

The LIFE Telescope Passed its First Test: It Detected Biosignatures on Earth.

We know that there are thousands of exoplanets out there, with many millions more waiting to be discovered. But the…

3 months ago

Another Explanation for K2-18b? A Gas-Rich Mini-Neptune with No Habitable Surface

Exoplanet K2-18b is garnering a lot of attention. James Webb Space Telescope spectroscopy shows it has carbon and methane in…

4 months ago

Could Life Exist in Molecular Clouds?

Our search for life beyond Earth is still in its infancy. We're focused on Mars and, to a lesser extent,…

6 months ago

Wow. JWST Just Found Methane in an Exoplanet Atmosphere

If there's one chemical that causes excitement in the search for biosignatures on other worlds, it's methane. It's not a…

6 months ago

It’s Not Conclusive, But Methane is Probably the Best Sign of Life on Exoplanets

When the James Webb Space Telescope aims at exoplanet atmospheres, it'll use spectroscopy to identify chemical elements. One of the…

2 years ago

Satellites can now see Exactly Where Methane is Being Dumped Into the Atmosphere

Methane is one of the most important greenhouse gases, despite the overwhelming interest in carbon dioxide emissions as the primary…

2 years ago