Transit Method

Machine Learning Algorithm Scoops up 50 New Exoplanets

A machine learning algorithm created by scientists in the UK has confirmed 50 new exoplanets, effectively opening the door to…

3 weeks ago

Do the TRAPPIST-1 Planets Have Atmospheres?

A new study takes a hard look at the TRAPPIST-1 system to determine if its seven exoplanets could have viable…

2 months 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…

7 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…

8 months ago

Satellites Watched Mercury’s Transit From Space, Confirming That Yes, the Sun Has At Least One Planet

Do you wonder how astronomers find all those exoplanets orbiting stars in distant solar systems? Mostly they use the transit…

10 months ago

It Seems Impossible, But Somehow This Planet Survived its Star’s Red Giant Phase

Astronomers working with TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) data have found a planet where it shouldn't be: in the space…

11 months ago

The Planet-Hunting TESS Discovers Its Smallest Exoplanet to Date

TESS recently discovered a three-planet system orbiting a red dwarf star 35 light years away, increasing the number of rocky…

1 year ago

What is the Direct Imaging Method?

A highly effective (but very difficult) method of exoplanet detection involves capturing direct images of bodies orbiting distant stars from…

2 years ago

TESS Practices on a Comet Before Starting on its Science Operations

Before commencing its mission to find exoplanets, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite took some impressive images of a comet in…

2 years ago

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will Inspect the Atmospheres of Distant Gas Giants

When the James Webb Space Telescope is deployed, it will study and characterize the atmospheres of gas giants, with the…

2 years ago