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Is there life on super-Earths? The answer could lie in their cores  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Rocky planets larger than our own, so-called super-Earths, are surprisingly abundant in our Galaxy, and stand as the most likely planets to be habitable.... more
The Most Spectacular Celestial Vision You’ll Never See  ASTRO WATCH · 4 days
Contrary to previous thought, a gigantic planet in wild orbit does not preclude the presence of an Earth-like planet in... more
NASA instrument to probe planet clouds on European mission  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
NASA will contribute an instrument to a European space mission that will explore the atmospheres of hundreds of planets orbiting stars beyond our Sun, or exoplanets, for the first time. more
Superfood for Mesozoic herbivores?  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The long-necked, big bodied sauropod dinosaurs comprise some of the largest terrestrial vertebrates to walk the earth. These behemoths were herbivores that survived solely on plant material. There has been long speculation as to what food resources could have supported... more
Astronomers to Search for Alien Signals from TESS Exoplanets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 6 days
Extrasolar planets discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be scanned for ‘technosignatures’ — indicators of... more
How sulfur helped make Earth habitable before the rise of oxygen  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
Mapping the bonds and vibrational modes of molecules containing sulfur isotopes is helping to shed light on the chemical reactions that took place in Earth's atmosphere... more
Worldwide Observations Confirm Nearby 'Lensing' Exoplanet  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
Researchers using telescopes around the world confirmed and characterized an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star through a rare phenomenon known as gravitational microlensing. The... more
Even ‘Goldilocks’ Exoplanets Need a Well-behaved Star  ASTRO WATCH · 6 days
An exoplanet may seem like the perfect spot to set up housekeeping, but before you go there, take a closer look at... more
TESS Captures Breathtaking Panorama of Southern Sky  SCI-NEWS.COM · 7 days
Constructed from 208 images taken by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) during its first year of science operations, completed on July... more
NASA Spacecraft Poised to Find Thousands of Alien Worlds  LIVE SCIENCE · 7 days
Beyond the outer edge of the solar system, mysterious, unknown worlds await by the thousands. Astronomers can now finally find these exoplanets. But will we find another Earth? more
TESS presents panorama of southern sky  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
The glow of the Milky Way—our galaxy seen edgewise—arcs across a sea of stars in a new mosaic of the southern sky produced from a year of observations by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Constructed... more
Views of giant planet in wild orbit would be unparalleled  SCIENCE DAILY · 1 week
Contrary to previous thought, a gigantic planet in wild orbit does not preclude the presence of an Earth-like planet in the same solar system -- or life on... more
The most spectacular celestial vision you'll never see  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Contrary to previous thought, a gigantic planet in wild orbit does not preclude the presence of an Earth-like planet in the same solar system—or life on that planet. more
Simulations Explain Giant Exoplanets with Eccentric, Close-in Orbits  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
As planetary systems evolve, gravitational interactions between planets can fling some of them into eccentric elliptical orbits around the host... more
Worldwide observations confirm nearby 'lensing' exoplanet  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers using telescopes around the world confirmed and characterized an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star through a rare phenomenon known as gravitational microlensing. The exoplanet has a mass similar to Neptune, but it orbits a star... more
Jupiter-sized exoplanet discovered through microlensing  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The path of a light beam is bent by the presence of mass, and a massive body can therefore act like a lens (a "gravitational lens") to distort the image of an object seen behind it. Scientists first... more
Worldwide observations confirm nearby 'lensing' exoplanet  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Researchers using telescopes around the world confirmed and characterized an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star through a rare phenomenon known as gravitational microlensing. The exoplanet has a mass similar to Neptune, but it orbits a star... more
Worldwide observations confirm nearby 'lensing' exoplanet  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Astronomers using telescopes around the world confirmed and characterized an exoplanet orbiting a nearby star through a rare phenomenon known as gravitational microlensing. The exoplanet has a mass similar to Neptune, but it orbits a star... more
Even 'Goldilocks' exoplanets need a well-behaved star  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists model how the 'weather' on a star impacts exoplanets to see if even those thought to be in habitable zones could suffer from solar storms. They expect their work to help narrow the... more
The science of exoplanets is poised for major breakthroughs  nanowerk · 2 weeks
TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is NASA's newest exoplanet mission. TESS will find thousands of new planets orbiting nearby stars. During its two year survey, TESS will watch a... more
Exoplanets Might Need Big Dose of Meteor Impacts to Start Growing Alien Life  LIVE SCIENCE · 2 weeks
What's the recipe for a living planet? A new paper suggests that the right number of impacts is a key ingredient. more
TESS Finds ‘Improbable’ Exoplanet Circling Red-Giant Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Using asteroseismic data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), an international team of astronomers revised the parameters for two exoplanet-hosting giant... more
Even 'Goldilocks' exoplanets need a well-behaved star  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An exoplanet may seem like the perfect spot to set up housekeeping, but before you go there, take a closer look at its star. more
Simulations explain giant exoplanets with eccentric, close-in orbits  nanowerk · 2 weeks
A giant-impacts phase in the evolution of planetary systems can explain the observations of close-in giant planets with eccentric orbits. more
Super-Neptune Discovered Just 12 Light-Years Away  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers have discovered a super-Neptune exoplanet orbiting a star in the binary system Gliese 15. Gliese 15 is a system composed of two red... more
Simulations explain giant exoplanets with eccentric, close-in orbits  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
As planetary systems evolve, gravitational interactions between planets can fling some of them into eccentric elliptical orbits around the host star, or even out of the system altogether. Smaller planets should be... more
Simulations explain giant exoplanets with eccentric, close-in orbits  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
As planetary systems evolve, gravitational interactions between planets can fling some of them into eccentric elliptical orbits around the host star. Smaller planets should be more susceptible to this gravitational scattering, yet... more
NASA's latest exoplanet posters are a Halloween treat  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Just in time for Halloween, NASA has released two new posters celebrating some truly terrifying exoplanets, or planets outside our solar system. Free to download, the entertaining posters recall vintage horror movie... more
TESS reveals an improbable planet  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using asteroseismology, a team led by an Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço (IA) researcher studied two red-giant stars known to have exoplanets, and around one of them, found a seemingly improbable planet. more
Hubble Spots Stunning Ring Galaxy System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
NASA has released a breathtaking image snapped by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the Arp-Madore 2026-424 system. Arp-Madore 2026-424 is located some 704... more
New Horizons team pieces together the best images they have of Pluto's far side  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Pluto was discovered in 1930 by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh. For decades, not much detail was known about the erstwhile planet.... more
SOFIA Spots Debris from Catastrophic Collision between Two Rocky Exoplanets  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers using NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) have observed an unusually warm, dusty debris... more
A worldwide worm survey, and racial bias in a health care algorithm  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Earthworms are easy … to find. But despite their prevalence and importance to ecosystems around the world, there hasn’t been a comprehensive survey of... more
NASA Teams Up with $100 Million Breakthrough Listen Project to Search for Intelligent Aliens  LIVE SCIENCE · 3 weeks
Scientists working on NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite mission will collaborate with the $100 million Breakthrough Listen project in the... more
When exoplanets collide  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A dramatic glimpse of the aftermath of a collision between two exoplanets is giving scientists a view at what can happen when planets crash into each other. A similar event in our own solar system may have formed the moon. more
Mid-sized storms spotted on Saturn  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An international team of researchers has found that mid-sized storms form near Saturn's northern pole. In their paper published in the journal Nature Astronomy, the group describes discovering four of the mid-sized storms near the planet's northern polar... more
The ongoing search for habitable exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
A balmy Florida evening, and my family and I stood on Cocoa Beach, looking northward toward the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. We were part of a seaside crowd gathered to witness the launch of NASA's... more
Chains of Atoms Move at Lightning Speed Inside Metals  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
A phenomenon that has previously been seen when researchers simulate the properties of planet cores at extreme pressures... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique. more
Oxygen fugacities of extrasolar rocks: Evidence for an Earth-like geochemistry of exoplanets  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
Oxygen fugacity is a measure of rock oxidation that influences planetary structure and evolution. Most rocky bodies in the Solar System formed at oxygen... more
Ancient stars shed light on Earth's similarities to other planets  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Earth-like planets may be common in the universe, a new UCLA study implies. The team of astrophysicists and geochemists presents new evidence that the Earth is not unique.... more
How the Nobel Prize-Winning Exoplanet Was Found  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
The 1995 discovery showed that the sun isn't the only star to host a family of planets — something we had long figured but never demonstrated — and also that the universe is really,... more
Venus May Never Have Been Wet and Warm World  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A team of planetary researchers from the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) and elsewhere has found that a... more
NASA unveils flexible, one-size-fits-all space suits  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Bye bye to bunny hops: when US astronauts next touch down on the Moon, expect them to walk almost as they do on Earth, thanks to a new generation of spacesuits offering key advantages over those... more
New research suggests global ice age changed the face of the planet  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Curtin University researchers have discovered that a global ice age more than 600 million years ago dramatically altered the face of the planet, leaving... more
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