[UPDATED! Jan. 9, 2013; “First habitable zone super Earth may have been found”, see note below] Today marked the commencement of the 221st American Astronomical Society meeting, and members of … [Read full article]
The star is called Tau Ceti and it’s a mere 12 light years away from our own — practically in our solar system’s back yard. Even more impressive, one of … [Read full article]
A previously discovered exoplanet that had its existence called into question by outside researchers is most likely a real planet, according to new research. The work, done with NASA’s Hubble … [Read full article]
“We scientists are not content just to talk about vaporizing the Earth,” says Bruce Fegley, professor of earth and planetary sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, tongue firmly in … [Read full article]
Tau Bootis b was one of the first exoplanets discovered, just 16 years ago in 1996, and remains as one of the nearest exoplanets to us. But until now … [Read full article]
In the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), of life beyond this world, astronomers look for tell-tale radio (and other broadcast) signals in the vicinity of sun-like stars, or detectable exoplanets. … [Read full article]
Astronomers working at Hawaii’s Keck Observatory have captured for the first time direct images of a “hot protoplanet” forming within a disk of cosmic dust surrounding its parent star, LkCa 15 (located in the constellation Taurus). And, it’s practically a galactic stone’s throw away at just 450 light years!
Counting the number of stars in the known universe would seem to be a monstrous task akin to counting the number of grains of sand on all the world’s beaches. … [Read full article]