Transit Method

This Hot Jupiter is Doomed to Crash Into its Star in Just Three Million Years

In 2008, astronomers with the SuperWASP survey spotted WASP-12b as it transited in front of its star. At the time,…

4 months ago

Hubble Succeeds Where TESS Couldn’t: It Measured the Nearest Transiting Earth-Sized Planet

Twenty-two light-years away, a rocky world orbits a red dwarf. It's called LTT 1445Ac, and NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite…

8 months ago

The Most Compelling Places to Search for Life Will Look Like “Anomalies”

A new study considers how future astrobiology studies could search for life "as we don't know it" on exoplanets.

11 months ago

The PLATO Mission Could be the Most Successful Planet Hunter Ever

A new study estimates how many exoplanets the ESA's PLATO mission will discover during its four-year run, with encouraging results!

12 months ago

Watching the Watchers With Nancy Grace Roman

Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets using the transit technique, watching how distant stars dim as a planet passes in…

1 year ago

Can We Predict if a System Will Have Giant Planets?

Prediction is one of the hallmarks of scientific endeavors. Scientists pride themselves on being able to predict physical realities based…

1 year ago

This Hot Jupiter is Leaving a Swirling Tail of Helium in its Wake

In a recent study published in Science Advances, a team of researchers commissioned the Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET), which is designed…

1 year ago

NASA’s Exoplanet Watch Wants Your Help Studying Planets Around Other Stars

NASA has launched Exoplanet Watch, a citizen science project that allows the public to help discover and study extrasolar planets!

2 years ago

Astronomers Scanned 12 Planets for Alien Signals While They Were in Front of Their Stars

New research by the SETI Institute and Breakthrough Listen scanned twelve planets for signs of radio signals when they passed…

2 years ago

Do Exoplanet Scientists Have Favorite Exoplanets?

Exoplanets have become quite the sensation over the last decade-plus, with scientists confirming new exoplanets on a regular basis thanks…

2 years ago