Astronomers have found the first Earth-sized exoplanet within a star’s habitable zone. The planet is the closest thing yet to the coveted ‘Goldilocks’ orb that scientists have long sought — a world roughly the size of Earth orbiting a star at a distance that is just right for liquid water to exist
Exoplanets or “extrasolar planets” are planets found outside our solar system. They are designated by affixing a lowercase letter, starting from “b” towards “z” depending on order of discovery, to their parent star’s Flamsteed designation or catalogue numbers. So, most remarkable exoplanets ever discovered:
If life on Earth has taught us anything, it is that where you find liquid water, you generally find life. Looking at our solar system, we now have good reason to conclude that at least a handful of moons — Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Enceladus, Titan, and possibly Triton — may harbor vast bodies of liquid water beneath their icy shells.
For decades, scientists have witnessed swirling clouds and violent winds in the atmospheres of ice giants Uranus and Neptune. Voyager data in the 1980s revealed that the pair actually has some of the strongest east-west jet streams in the solar system.
A team of astrobiologists has invented a method of research that could identify life on other planets. Unfortunately, there’s just one problem, the telescope that will allow obtaining this information will be ready only in 2018.
Beyond Mars lie the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. These giant gas balls have no solid surface and thus no possibility of volcanic activity. Any such action in this part of the solar system would have to be on a planetary moon.
Astronomers have identified one of the “richest” planetary systems discovered so far, which includes seven planets, informs bbc.co.uk. The discovery of the seventh planet around the dwarf star KIC 11442793 could be considered a record, said two different teams of researchers.
An international team of astrophysicists has identified a planet thats 13 times bigger than “our” Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system.
An exotic planet, from the outside solar system, is floating alone through space without orbiting a star, was discovered by a team of astronomers, according to a study published in the United States.
NASA has confirmed the discovery of a record number of 715 new exoplanets, detected using the Kepler telescope. Four of these planets could sustain life.
Researchers from NASA announced that Kepler telescope has made an amazing discovery, a planet similar to Earth, which would be a perfect host to humans. It is the closest planet of this kind discovered so far, it’s located outside our solar system.