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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 […]
July 2, 2018

World UFO Day 2018: How close have we actually got to finding aliens, and what would they be like?

Exciting data has emerged from Mars and Enceladus, but extra-terrestrials will likely be tiny bacteria not intergalactic space travellers As another World UFO Day comes around, […]
July 6, 2017

NASA’s Juno spacecraft is about to peer into the depths of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

We’re getting our closest view ever of the 10,000-mile-wide storm. Humankind has been ogling Jupiter’s Great Red Spot through our telescopes for more than 300 years. […]
May 26, 2017

Jupiter Sounds Like a Fax Machine and Nobody Knows Why

On Thursday, NASA dropped the first motherlode of information collected by the Juno spacecraft, which has been in orbit around Jupiter since last summer. Comprised of a whopping […]
May 17, 2017

‘Styrofoam’ Planet Discovery Will Help Us Find Habitable Planets and Alien Life

KELT-11b will help astronomers develop the best tools for assessing habitability or possible life on distant exoplanets. Since the largest exoplanets are the easiest to spot […]
May 13, 2017

Mars May Have Been Born in the Asteroid Belt

Research suggests that gravitational interactions forced Mars out of the asteroid belt and toward the sun about 120 million years after the birth of the solar […]
May 6, 2017

TRAPPIST-1 Planets Have No Large Moons, Study Argues

The conditions for habitable exoplanets in the TRAPPIST-1 system might depend on the presence of large moons — and Earth reveals clues to why. While we […]
July 29, 2016

WHY NASA ASTRONAUTS JUST SPENT A WEEK LIVING IN A CAVE

We tend to think of space as the final frontier, full of new and exciting worlds to explore. As such, it’s easy to forget there are […]
July 16, 2016

A DARK REGION IS GROWING EERILY ON THE SUN’S SURFACE

NASA has spotted an enormous black blotch growing on the surface of the Sun. It looks eerie, but this dark region is nothing to fear, though […]