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This section is dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life from the scientific perspective. All news and videos on this page are from scientific or science-oriented sources. If you are interested in news and videos about extraterrestrials in general or UFO's please navigate to ALIENS or UFO.
Astronomers to Search for Alien Life at Nearby 'Habitable' Exoplanet
LIVE SCIENCE The Wolf 1061 star system is only 14 light-years away and a team of astronomers are doing the groundwork to begin looking for signs of extraterrestrial biology in... 3 hours
astronomer searches for signs of life on wolf 1061 exoplanet Astronomer Searches for Signs of Life on Wolf 1061 Exoplanet
ASTRO WATCH Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has... 3 days
Researchers produce vital component in search for earth-like planets
PHYS.ORG Researchers at Uppsala University plan to manufacture a new type of coronagraph for the VLT, the Very Large Telescope in Chile. The coronagraph is a key component of the telescope... 3 days
eROSITA travels to Russia for launch into deep space in 2018
PHYS.ORG On 20 January 2017, the completed eROSITA X-ray telescope boarded a cargo plane and was transported from Munich, where it had been built at the Max... 3 days
Astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
SCIENCE DAILY Astronomers have located the habitable zone, the region where water could exist on the surface of a planet, on the Wolf 1061, a planetary system that's 14 light... 4 days
Astronomers search for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
PHYS.ORG Is there anybody out there? The question of whether Earthlings are alone in the universe has puzzled everyone from biologists and physicists to philosophers and filmmakers. It's also... 4 days
Three new gas giant exoplanets discovered by SuperWASP-South
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Astronomers report the discovery of three new gas giant planets using the SuperWASP-South Observatory in South Africa. Two of the newly detected alien worlds were classified as the so-called "warm Jupiters," while... 5 days
A catalog of habitable zone exoplanets
PHYS.ORG The last two decades have seen an explosion of detections of exoplanets, as the sensitivity to smaller planets has dramatically improved thanks especially to the Kepler mission. These discoveries have found that the frequency of planets... 5 days
Russia, US Mulling Joint Mission to Venus
SPACE.COM Russia's space program and NASA are working together on a mission to Venus that would investigate some of the scorching-hot planet's biggest mysteries, including, perhaps, whether it harbors life. 6 days
Mapping the skies for Earth-like exoplanets
PHYS.ORG EU scientists have helped to confirm the existence of Earth-like exoplanets and issued weather reports from planets 1 000 light years away. 1 week
Astronomers Map ‘Elements of Life’ in Milky Way Galaxy
SCI-NEWS.COM At the 229th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society on Jan. 5, 2017, astronomers from the SDSS/APOGEE (Sloan... 1 week
looking for life in all the right places with the right tool Looking for Life in All the Right Places — with the Right Tool
ASTRO WATCH Researchers have invented a range of instruments from giant telescopes... 1 week
Alien Glow? Brilliant Light Pillars Appear Over Canada
SPACE.COM An amateur photographer captured brilliant images of light pillars in northern Ontario, revealing the beauty of these shafts of light reflecting off ice crystals. 1 week
Video: Huygens' descent to Titan
PHYS.ORG On December 25, 2004, the piggybacking Huygens probe was released from the 'mothership' Cassini spacecraft and it arrived at Titan on January 14, 2005. The probe began transmitting data to Cassini four minutes into its descent through Titan's... 1 week
Researcher hunts DNA on Mars
PHYS.ORG Astrobiologist alumna Alexandra Pontefract, PhD'13 (Geology), knows finding DNA on the Red Planet will be no easy feat. But it is possible. What's more, if DNA is found, it's not far-fetched to think it would be proof of... 1 week
Alien Glow? Brilliant Light Pillars Appear Over Canada
LIVE SCIENCE An amateur photographer captured brilliant images of light pillars in northern Ontario, revealing the beauty of these shafts of light reflecting off ice crystals. 1 week
Biologists discover how viruses hijack cell's machinery
SCIENCE DAILY Biologists have documented for the first time how very large viruses reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection to more closely resemble an animal or human cell -- a process that allows these... 2 weeks
Mapping movements of alien bird species
SCIENCE DAILY A global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live in... 2 weeks
Mapping movements of alien bird species
PHYS.ORG The global map of alien bird species has been produced for the first time by a UCL-led team of researchers. It shows that human activities are the main determinants of how many alien bird species live... 2 weeks
Biologists discover how viruses hijack cell's machinery
PHYS.ORG Biologists at UC San Diego have documented for the first time how very large viruses reprogram the cellular machinery of bacteria during infection to more closely resemble an animal or human cell—a process that... 2 weeks
not aliens brilliant light pillars appear over canada Not Aliens: Brilliant Light Pillars Appear Over Canada
LIVE SCIENCE VIDEO An amateur photographer captured brilliant images of light pillars in northern Ontario, revealing the beauty of these shafts of light reflecting off ice crystals. 2 weeks
Finally, an explanation for the "alien megastructure?"
PHYS.ORG Back in October of 2015, astronomers shook the world when they reported how the Kepler mission had noticed a strange and sudden drop in brightness coming from KIC 8462852 (aka. Tabby's Star). This was... 2 weeks
'Hot Jupiter' detected around nearby variable star
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a new "hot Jupiter" exoplanet orbiting a nearby T Tauri star known as TAP 26. The newly detected alien world, designated TAP 26 b, is about 66 percent more massive than... 2 weeks
huygens ground truth from an alien moon 2005 historic descent to titan revisited Huygens: 'Ground truth' from an alien moon—2005 historic descent to Titan revisited
PHYS.ORG VIDEO After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice,... 2 weeks
Could Dark Streaks in Venus' Clouds Be Signs of Alien Life?
SPACE.COM Russian and U.S. scientists are exploring a mission that may end up looking for signs of alien life in Venus' sulfur clouds. 2 weeks
Garnet Exoplanets Exist, But Can They Be Habitable?
SCI-NEWS.COM Astronomers and geoscientists from the United States and Brazil have joined forces to study the mix of major rock-building elements... 2 weeks
Giant telescope in Chile to seek habitable planets in Alpha Centauri
REUTERS SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile will be... 2 weeks
Exoplanet Anniversary: 1st Alien Worlds Confirmed 25 Years Ago Today
SPACE.COM On Jan. 9, 1992, astronomers Alex Wolszczan and Dale Frail published a paper in the journal Nature announcing the discovery of two alien worlds circling an incredibly dense,... 2 weeks
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Can Garnet Planets Be Habitable?
ASTRO WATCH Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host... 2 weeks
New Method Could Aid Search for Life on Alien Worlds
LIVE SCIENCE A newly proposed technique could make it possible to search for life on alien planets, like Proxima b, much sooner than scientists had expected. 2 weeks
Could dark streaks in Venus' clouds be microbial life?
PHYS.ORG The question of life on Venus, of all places, is intriguing enough that a team of U.S. and Russian scientists working on a proposal for a new mission to the... 2 weeks
Can garnet planets be habitable?
PHYS.ORG What makes a rocky planet Earth-like? Astronomers and geoscientists have joined forces using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to study the mix of elements in exoplanet host stars, and to consider what this reveals about... 3 weeks
Mystery Radio Waves Are Coming From A (Dwarf) Galaxy Far, Far Away, Scientists Say
NPR The discovery provides our first "glimmer of understanding" about the unexplained, strong waves. Scientists don't think they're from aliens, but... 3 weeks
Long-distance survival: Effects of storage time and environmental exposure on soil bugs
PHYS.ORG Contaminated soil frequently arrives at the borders through transported items, and is widely recognised as a vector for non-native species, potentially threatening the local... 3 weeks
'Star Trek' Science: Why Vulcans (and Other Aliens) Look Like Humans
LIVE SCIENCE Human life, seeded to other planets by an extraterrestrial civilization, could explain why so many of the aliens in the fictional "Star Trek" universe resemble human... 3 weeks
'Star Trek' Science: Why Vulcans (and Other Aliens) Look Like Humans
SPACE.COM Human life, seeded to other planets by an extraterrestrial civilization, could explain why so many of the aliens in the fictional "Star Trek" universe resemble human... 3 weeks
Astronomers Discover Two Gas Giant Alien Worlds
ASTRO WATCH Astronomers have detected two gas giant exoplanets designated K2-60b and EPIC 216468514b and characterized their fundamental parameters. The planets were first spotted by NASA’s Kepler space telescope and their planetary nature was confirmed by... 3 weeks
Magnetic-Field 'Avalanches' May Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star
LIVE SCIENCE The darkening of a mysterious star, which might be due to "alien megastructures," according to some researchers' theories, might instead be due to avalanche-like magnetic activity within the star, a new study finds. 3 weeks
Opportunity celebrates Christmas/New Year on Mars marching to ancient, water-carved gully
PHYS.ORG On the brink of 4600 Sols of a profoundly impactful life, NASA's long lived Opportunity rover celebrates the Christmas/New Year's holiday season on Mars marching relentlessly... 3 weeks
Magnetic-Field 'Avalanches' May Explain 'Alien Megastructure' Star
SPACE.COM The darkening of a mysterious star, which might be due to "alien megastructures," according to some researchers' theories, might instead be due to avalanche-like magnetic activity within the star, a new study finds. 4 weeks
Wildest Alien Planet Discoveries of 2016
SPACE.COM The hunt for alien worlds has been the source of many exciting discoveries, as the number of confirmed planets outside Earth's solar system has more than doubled this past year. 4 weeks
Haunting 'Alien: Covenant' Trailer Is Full of Extraterrestrial Gore
SPACE.COM In a chilling new trailer for "Alien: Covenant," characters face a rough landing on a strange planet, ominous wildlife and plenty of abruptly gory situations. 4 weeks
Proxima Centauri's Origins Could Mean Its Exoplanet Really Is Habitable
SPACE.COM Astronomers have strong evidence that suggests the nearby star likely formed with Alpha Centauri, a possibility that could have serious implications for the habitability of Proxima b, the... 4 weeks
'Alien: Covenant' Is, Not Surprisingly, Full Of Gore | Red Band Trailer
SPACE.COM Warning: this trailer contains graphic imagery. The latest installment in the series hits theaters in May 2017. 4 weeks
New Method Could Aid Search for Life on Alien Worlds
SPACE.COM A newly proposed technique could make it possible to search for life on alien planets, like Proxima b, much sooner than scientists had expected. 4 weeks
A Promising Spot for Life on Mars
SPACE.COM As NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity makes its way up the central peak of Gale Crater, it has been gathering evidence from ancient lake beds and long ago groundwater environments that are promising for life. 4 weeks
Best Space Stories of the Week — Dec. 24, 2016
SPACE.COM Igloos could be the first homes on Mars; the largest digital sky survey ever was publicly released; and an "alien megastructure" continues to baffle astronomers. These are our... 4 weeks
Scientists plan to send greetings to other worlds
PHYS.ORG After decades of fruitless scanning the skies for alien messages, scientists say it's time to try a basic rule of etiquette: Say "hello" first. 4 weeks
'Passengers' and the real-life science of deep space travel
PHYS.ORG From "Aliens" to "Interstellar," Hollywood has long used suspended animation to overcome the difficulties of deep space travel, but the once-fanciful sci-fi staple is becoming scientific fact. 1 month
Mystery of 'Alien Megastructure' Star Testing Astronomers' Creativity
LIVE SCIENCE Astronomers may have to think a little harder to solve the mystery of Boyajian's star, whose strange dimming events over the past seven years have spawned talk of a possible "alien megastructure." 1 month
Not Aliens: Brilliant Light Pillars Appear Over Canada
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Huygens: 'Ground truth' from an alien moon—2005 historic descent to Titan revisited
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