Exoplanet

March 12, 2019

Some exoplanets tilt too much, and it’s pushing everyone apart

Orbits are getting a bit less mysterious. The explosion of exoplanet discoveries in the last decade has boosted our hopes of finding another world like Earth […]
February 5, 2019

What will we name the solar system’s next planet?

Even in space, bureaucracy exists. In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a “dwarf planet.” This had two main effects on our solar system: it reduced the number of […]
January 20, 2019

Who’s Out There-Search Strategy

A recent article in EOS.org outlines a strategy proposed by NASA/Ames/SETI Institute/JPL:-Caltech to study our relative uniqueness in the universe. A combination of major efforts and individual studies would […]
October 4, 2018

Astronomers think they’ve found a moon the size of Neptune in a distant star system

Nearly eight thousand light-years away from Earth, there’s a star about the same size as our sun. Like our own solar system, that distant star is […]
September 24, 2018

How Does NASA Search For New Planets and How Do They Find Them?

How does NASA search for new planets, and how do they find them? Sometimes we take for granted all the things we know about our solar […]
September 21, 2018

Who’s Out There?— Us!

It’s a tough call–how do we balance our crying needs here on Earth for peace and enough water to drink with our need to enrich our human […]
August 27, 2018

THERE ARE SO MANY WATER-WORLDS OUT THERE

Ever since the first exoplanet was confirmed in 1992, astronomers have found thousands of worlds beyond our Solar System. With more and more discoveries happening all […]
July 16, 2018

Who’s Out There?— Ozone? What Else?

Could seasonal variations in atmospheric content provide evidence for life on exoplanets? Sounds better than just a sniff of methane. However, noting seasonal variations requires sniffing […]
July 11, 2018

Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life

One of the nearest exoplanets to Earth may be a decent abode for life. Ross 128b — which lies just 11 light-years from our planet — is likely a […]