[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]
Nearby Sun-like Star May Host Five Planets – One is Potentially Smallest Yet Found in a Habitable Zone [InfoGraphic]
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]
Exoplanet That Was Previously Discovered And Then Discounted Turns Out To Be Real
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]
Vaporising the Earth Helps Hunt for Earth-like Planets
“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]
New Method Developed To Learn About Alien Planets
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]
Bright Lights on Alien Worlds May Indicate E.T. Civilization
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]
In First: Astronomers Photograph Birth of Alien Planet
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!
Cosmic News: Lots More Stars than "Billions and Billions"
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]