In constellation Cygnus the swan, about 600 light years away from us, sits an amazing planet that could have continents, oceans and creatures already living on its surface, a place that is just right in meeting all the requirements for life, Kepler 22b.
On April 18, 2013, NASA’ astronomers announced the discovery of a new planetary system composed of five worlds orbiting a star somewhat cooler and smaller than the Sun, approximately 1,200 light-years away from us in the constellation Lyra.
Everything in the universe comes to an end, and our sun is no exception. In five billion years from now, the sun will become a huge orange giant star, so large that it will engulf the orbits of Mercury and Venus.
Using ESO’s world-leading exoplanet hunter HARPS and photometry from NASA’ Kepler telescope, astronomers announced the discovery of a new exoplanet, a mini-Neptune world orbiting an ancient star 385 light years away from Earth.
On Tuesday evening, NASA held an extraordinary press conference announcing Kepler’ last results on exoplanets research: amazingly, the number of known alien planets has just gone up by more than 60%.
Last week, scientists announced the discovery of a remarkable three potential habitable exoplanets orbiting around the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, an alien planetary system just 40 light-years away from us.
Weather here on Earth can be really nasty, but on distant worlds, the atmospheric conditions can be extreme, far beyond anything we saw or imagine. Here’s why you should not go to HAT-P-11b.
Finding a true Earth analog orbiting within the habitable zone of a sun-like star is a sort of holy grail to astronomers and we are about to get a lot closer to detect one in the near future as new incredible inventions and technologies are available to us now.
Over the past two decades, the study of exoplanets has grown more rapidly than any other field of astronomy.