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ARIEL exoplanet mission celebrates machine learning challenge and citizen science launch  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
ARIEL, an ESA mission to make the first large-scale survey of exoplanet atmospheres, has announced the winners of its first international Machine Learning Data Challenge and... more
The Rare Molecule Weighing in on the Birth of Planets  ASTRO WATCH · 13 hours
Astronomers using one of the most advanced radio telescopes have discovered a rare molecule in the... more
Inside the Race to Discover a Water Vapor World  LIVE SCIENCE · 1 day
Water vapor, and likely clouds that rain liquid water, have been discovered on an exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its star. But there's an issue. more
First Water Detected on Potentially ‘Habitable’ Planet  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
Water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of a super-Earth with habitable temperatures by UCL researchers in a world first. K2-18b,... more
Scientists developing single photon detector to help search for habitable exoplanets  nanowerk · 4 days
The extremely sensitive detector would allow scientists to see the faintest observable objects in space, such as Earth-like planets around other stars. more
Kepler reviews plan for constellation architecture  SPACE NEWS · 4 days
Kepler Communications is reviewing the architecture for its internet-of-things constellation in response to SpaceX’s plan to revise the architecture of its Starlink constellation. SpaceNews.com more
The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Astronomers using one of the most advanced radio telescopes have discovered a rare molecule in the dust and gas disc around a young star -- and it may... more
Cheops mission update  ESA · 4 days
Watch a media briefing on our Cheops exoplanet mission Monday 12:15–13:15 CEST live from the European Planetary Science Congress more
Newfound comet likely an 'interstellar visitor,' scientists say  REUTERS · 5 days
A newly discovered comet hurtling toward the orbit of Mars has scientists scurrying to confirm whether it came from outside... more
The rare molecule weighing in on the birth of planets  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
Astronomers using one of the most advanced radio telescopes have discovered a rare molecule in the dust and gas disc around a young star—and it may provide an... more
How astronomers detected water on a potentially habitable exoplanet for the first time  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
With more than 4,000 exoplanets—planets orbiting stars other than our sun—discovered so far, it may seem like we are on the cusp... more
Exciting exoplanet  ESA · 5 days
Hubble finds water vapour on habitable-zone exoplanet for the first time, paving the way for future discoveries by the James Webb Space Telescope and the Ariel mission more
Astronomers find water vapor on habitable-zone exoplanet for first time  nanowerk · 6 days
With data from the Hubble Space Telescope, water vapor has been detected in the atmosphere of a super-Earth with habitable temperatures. more
A Goldilocks zone for planet size  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
Researchers have described a new, lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid water for long periods of time, extending the so-called Habitable or 'Goldilocks'' Zone for small, low-gravity planets. This research expands the search... more
Hints of rain clouds found on small alien world  Science Magazine · 6 days
Mini-Neptune might not have an Earth-like surface, but it is warm enough to be habitable more
First water detected on potentially 'habitable' planet  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
K2-18b, which is eight times the mass of Earth, is now the only planet orbiting a star outside the Solar System, or 'exoplanet', known to have both water and temperatures that could support life. more
Water detected on an exoplanet located in its star's habitable zone  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
An international study lead by UdeM astronomer Björn Benneke has detected water vapor on the planet K2-18b; this represents a major discovery in the search of... more
Mysterious Alien Planet Has Water in Its Atmosphere. Could Life Survive There?  LIVE SCIENCE · 6 days
In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds on a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable... more
China Sky Eye, the world's largest single-dish radio telescope, is now fully operational  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, known as FAST, is the world's most sensitive listening device. The single-dish radio telescope is made... more
New insight into how much atmosphere Mars lost  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A key tracer used to estimate how much atmosphere Mars lost can change depending on the time of day and the surface temperature on the Red Planet, according to new observations by... more
Frequent flaring of Proxima Centauri means bad news for its rocky planet  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Proxima Centauri is a cool red dwarf with about one-eighth of the sun's mass. Although it is the closest star to the sun, located... more
Chemical element potassium detected in an exoplanet atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of astronomers led by AIP Ph.D. student Engin Keles detected the chemical element potassium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, for the first time with overwhelming significance and applying high-resolution... more
Measuring stellar oscillations with Kepler  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Kepler satellite is famous for its discovery of thousands of exoplanets by continuously and meticulously measuring the brightnesses of over half-a-million stars for the signatures of transiting exoplanets. Less well known are the revolutionary consequences of its... more
Chemical element potassium detected in an exoplanet atmosphere  nanowerk · 2 weeks
A team of astronomers detected the chemical element potassium in the atmosphere of an exoplanet, for the first time with overwhelming significance and applying high-resolution spectroscopy. more
Polar EU Cancri investigated with Kepler spacecraft  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using NASA's prolonged Kepler spacecraft mission, known as K2, astronomers have investigated a peculiar polar designated EU Cancri. The new observations, described in a paper published August 9 on arXiv.org, provide more insights into... more
Trio of Super-Earths Found Orbiting Red Dwarf Gliese 1061  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers from the Red Dots Collaboration have detected three rocky exoplanets orbiting Gliese 1061, which is the 20th... more
Newly Discovered Giant Planet Slingshots Around Its Star  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Astronomers have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path around its... more
Exoplanets can't hide their secrets from innovative new instrument  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
In an unprecedented feat, an American research team discovered hidden secrets of an elusive exoplanet using a powerful new instrument at the 8-meter Gemini North telescope on Maunakea in Hawai'i.... more
Hot Jupiters Have Rocky Clouds on Their Nightsides  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The temperature on the nightsides of short-period gas giants (hot Jupiters) is surprisingly uniform, suggesting the dark sides of these... more
Archaeological assessment reveals Earths early transformation through land use  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Environmentally transformative human use of land accelerated with the emergence of agriculture, but the extent, trajectory, and implications of these early changes are not well understood. An empirical global assessment... more
Astronomers Find Giant Exoplanet with Extreme Orbit  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Using data from several ground-based telescopes, astronomers found that a nearby star called HR 5183 hosts a giant planet with an orbital... more
Astronomers determine earth's fingerprint in hopes of finding habitable planets beyond the solar system  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a "fingerprint" for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our... more
Earth's fingerprint hints at finding habitable planets beyond the solar system  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers have assembled a 'fingerprint' for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life. more
Newly discovered giant planet slingshots around its star  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
Astronomers have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path around its star. If this planet were somehow placed into our own solar system,... more
Newly discovered giant planet slingshots around its star  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path around its star. If this planet were somehow placed into our own solar system,... more
An exoplanet within arm's reach: The Earth  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Exobiology is an exciting discipline. It is based simultaneously on the latest data from astrophysics, planetary geology and the origins of life on Earth, all of which are evolving as we continue to study... more
Astronomers Detect Propadiene on Saturn’s Moon Titan  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers using the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) have spotted propadiene — a colorless, flammable gas, best known as a fuel for... more
Hubble Space Telescope Observes NGC 5307  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced a spectacular image of a planetary nebula called NGC 5307. NGC 5307 is located 10,551 light-years from... more
Why we need to get back to Venus  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Just next door, cosmologically speaking, is a planet almost exactly like Earth. It's about the same size, is made of about the same stuff and formed around the same star. more
A Second Planet in the Beta Pictoris System  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
A team of astronomers led by Anne-Marie Lagrange, a CNRS researcher at the Institut de Planétologie et d’Astrophysique de Grenoble... more
Habitable type planets found around nearby small mass star  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A team of researchers from several European countries and one from Chile has found evidence of three possibly habitable exoplanets circling the star GJ1061. In their paper uploaded to the... more
Q&A: Scientist models exoplanet's atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In the search for life beyond our galaxy, many scientists have their eyes turned toward orbs like Earth: rocky planets. So after the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) detected a rocky planet slightly larger than Earth last fall,... more
New images from asteroid probe yield clues on planet formation (Update)  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu offer new clues about its composition, insights that are expected to help scientists understand... more
Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has. "This... more
New images from asteroid probe offer clues on planet formation  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Photographs snapped by a shoebox-sized probe that explored the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have offered new clues about its composition, insights that will help scientists understand the formation of... more
Images from the surface of asteroid Ryugu show rocks similar to carbonaceous chondrite meteorites  Science Magazine · 4 weeks
The near-Earth asteroid (162173) Ryugu is a 900-m-diameter dark object expected to contain primordial material from the solar nebula. The... more
The origins and evolution of life: Re-examining the evidence of early life traces  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Even though Earth has been habitable (has had surface liquid water and some crust) for 4.3 billion years, and the oldest putative... more
Earth is an exoplanet to aliens: This is what they'd see  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The study of exoplanets has matured considerably in the last 10 years. During this time, the majority of the over 4000 exoplanets currently known were discovered.... more
Europa Clipper passes key review  SPACE NEWS · 4 weeks
A NASA mission to a potentially habitable moon of Jupiter has cleared a major review despite uncertainty about when, or how, it will launch. SpaceNews.com more
Second Planet Found Hiding in Beta Pictoris System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Using data from ESO’s High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) instrument, a multinational team of astronomers has uncovered evidence... more
Rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet is missing an atmosphere  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Astronomers at MIT, Harvard University, and elsewhere have searched a rocky, Earth-sized exoplanet for signs of an atmosphere—and found none. more
New planet discovered in orbit of young Milky Way star  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
A second planet has been discovered circling Beta Pictoris, a fledgling star in our own galaxy offering astronomers a rare glimpse of a planetary system in the making,... more
A second planet in the Beta Pictoris system  nanowerk · 4 weeks
A team of astronomers has discovered a second giant planet in orbit around Beta Pictoris, a star that is relatively young (23 million years old) and close (63.4 light years), and surrounded... more
A second planet in the Beta Pictoris system  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A team of astronomers has discovered a second giant planet in orbit around alpha Pictoris, a star that is relatively young (23 million years old) and close (63.4 light years), and surrounded... more
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