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How the James Webb will help us find life on other worlds

7-20-2022 | 0

Two astrophysicists explore the possibilities of using the new telescope to analyze the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.


ET 'habitable zone' is smaller than thought

6-12-2019 | 28

According to a new study, many planets in the so-called habitable zone can only support single-celled organisms.

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Planet is so hot that even metal evaporates

8-16-2018 | 5

The extrasolar planet known as Kelt-9b is so hot that its atmosphere contains vaporized iron and titanium.


'Super Earth' aliens may be trapped by gravity

4-23-2018 | 13

On planets more massive than the Earth, launching things in to space will be a lot more challenging.

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Hunt for Earth 2.0 yields 95 new exoplanets

 VIDEO  2-18-2018 | 0

A renewed hunt for Earth-like worlds has yielded a haul of 95 previously undiscovered extrasolar planets.

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James Webb Space Telescope completes tests

 VIDEO  1-11-2018 | 6

The next generation telescope will enable us to directly study the atmospheres of extrasolar planets.

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New Earth-sized extrasolar planet discovered

11-16-2017 | 18

Situated just 11 light years away, Ross 128 b is shaping up to be a promising place to look for life.

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Scorching hot exoplanet 'snows' sunscreen

10-27-2017 | 1

Astronomers have observed an extrasolar planet with some of the weirdest weather conditions ever seen.

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Mysterious exoplanet is 'blacker than asphalt'

9-16-2017 | 4

A 'hot Jupiter' world situated 1,400 light years away reflects so little light that it appears pitch black.

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Four Trappist-1 planets are likely to have water

 VIDEO  8-31-2017 | 4

Four of the seven planets in the Trappist-1 system are thought to be home to large amounts of water.

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PLATO mission to hunt for Earth-like worlds

6-22-2017 | 2

ESA is set to launch a new satellite that will seek out potentially habitable extrasolar planets.

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Scientists find hottest known extrasolar world

6-5-2017 | 9

At twice the size of Jupiter, KELT-9b experiences temperatures in excess of 4300 degrees Celsius.

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Distant 'ice ball' exoplanet discovered

 VIDEO  4-28-2017 | 6

Scientists have announced the discovery of a freezing Earth-mass world 13,000 light years away.


Super Earth is 'best chance for finding life'

4-19-2017 | 10

A large terrestrial planet located 40 light years away could be the perfect place to search for ET.

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Atmosphere found around Earth-like planet

4-7-2017 | 30

Astronomers have detected an atmosphere around GJ 1132b - a planet situated 39 light years away.

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NASA could use the Sun as a magnifying glass

3-18-2017 | 12

Scientists at JPL have come up with an ambitious new plan to get a better look at extrasolar planets.

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Scientists discover 60 new extrasolar planets

2-14-2017 | 1

The significant haul of new worlds includes a potentially habitable 'super-Earth' with a rocky surface.


Could alien life thrive on brown dwarf stars?

12-4-2016 | 10

Extrasolar planets may not be the only place where it is possible to find signs of extraterrestrial life.

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Astronomers find distant planet with 3 suns

 VIDEO  7-8-2016 | 10

The newly discovered exoplanet experiences days lasting up to 140 Earth-years thanks to its trio of suns.

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Three new Earth-sized planets discovered

5-3-2016 | 11

Astronomers have identified three new terrestrial worlds around a relatively close 'ultracool' star.

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