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Earth Like Planets

A Journey to an Amazing Earth-like Planet!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 10.07.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Let's take a look at one of the most intriguing of the 1,739 confirmed exoplanets that is both Earth-sized and in the habitable zone of its star. Known only by its catalog number, Kepler-186f, it has no name yet, but we know quite a bit about it already.

Nearby 'Super-Earth' May Be Able To Support Life | Mike Wall | Posted 06.27.2014 | Science

A newfound alien world might be able to support life — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things. An international t...

WATCH: Astronomers Know Way More About Alien Worlds Than You May Think

The Huffington Post | Isaac Saul | Posted 02.20.2014 | Science

How much have we really learned about alien planets? Twenty years ago, we knew nothing about any other worlds outside of our solar system. Now, we...

Alien Planets More Like Earth Than We Thought? | Tanya Lewis | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON — The alien worlds known as "super-Earths" may be more like our own planet than previously thought, a new study suggests. Super-Earths ...

Big Glitch May Not Be Fatal To Celebrated Space Telescope | Mike Wall | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler spacecraft should be able to achieve its primary mission goal regardless of whether or not it can bounce back from a rec...

Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Probe Now Ailing

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/01/2013 10:01 AM EDT on Health issues are jeopardizing the planet-hunting work of NASA's prolific Kepler spa...

E.T. Hunters See Promise In Weird 'Eyeball Earths'

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 04/30/2013 07:54 AM EDT on Alien worlds resembling giant eyeballs might exist arou...

DISCOVERED: Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Yet

Posted 04.18.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 04/18/2013 02:55 PM EDT on NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered three exoplanets that may be capable of...

This Planet Needs A Better Name . . . Got One?

Lee Speigel | Posted 03.25.2013 | Weird News

This is a mighty large universe. Somebody has got to name all the far-flung planets in it. Maybe that should be you. It'll cost you almost five buc...

ETs Exist, Renowned Scientists Say

Lee Speigel | Posted 03.19.2013 | Weird News

The Milky Way galaxy is so big, that there's no doubt, statistically speaking, that ETs exist. That's what several prominent scientists say on the ...

When Did Intelligent Life Emerge in the Universe?

Mario Livio | Posted 04.24.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The question become particularly intriguing when we realize that astronomers now estimate that the Milky Way galaxy alone may harbor as many as 4.5 billion Earth-sized planets in the "habitable zones" around their host stars.

Lee Speigel

Scientists Say ETs May Be Much Closer To Us Than We Ever Before Thought | Lee Speigel | Posted 02.06.2013 | Weird News

If ET phones home today, his long distance charge might not be as much as people believed when Steven Spielberg's classic film came out three decades ...

'Super-Earths' May Not Be So Earth-Like After All

| Posted 02.05.2013 | Science

By Sid Perkins Some "super-Earths" will never evolve to resemble our planet, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at seven of these worlds—d...

World Economic Forum: Are We Prepared For First Contact With ETs?

Lee Speigel | Posted 02.01.2013 | Weird News

The discovery of alien life or Earth-like planets and the implications to the world was a crucial item on the agenda at the annual World Economic Foru...

Newfound Alien Planet May Be Good Candidate For Hosting Life

Posted 01.10.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 01/09/2013 04:36 PM EST on LONG BEACH, Calif. — A possible alien planet discovered by NASA's Kepler spa...

Earth's 'Twin' Could Be Discovered Next Year, Astronomer Predicts

Posted 12.29.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 12/27/2012 12:08 PM EST on The first truly Earth-like alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic...

Habitable Planet Catalog Aims To End Confusion

Posted 12.07.2012 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 12/06/2012 05:44 PM EST on A new catalog aims to list all the known planets in the galaxy that could p...

Lee Speigel

Become A Professional Alien Hunter | Lee Speigel | Posted 07.20.2012 | Weird News

Now you can be a professional alien hunter too. Edinburgh University is about to make it possible for the average Joe to search for extraterrestri...

Are We Alone?

George Smoot III | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
George Smoot III

We are in the midst of one of the most interesting and challenging science research programs that humans have ever pursued. It is good to keep this in mind when the everyday crises of human affairs seem so overwhelming.

Slouching To The Right Of The Drake Equation

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 02.05.2012 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The last few years have been heady for planet hunters. First the hot Jupiters; then the will-o'-the-wisp Glieslings and their cousins; and the results from the Kepler mission, one of which is Kepler-22b.

Scientists Discover Planet With Earth-Like Characteristics

The Huffington Post | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

NASA announced Monday the discovery of Kepler-22b, the first planet the Kepler spacecraft has discovered in the habitable zone, an area with a distanc...

Astronomers Discover 'Most Earth-Like' Planet Yet

Posted 07.19.2011 | Green


Once Again With Feeling: The Planets of Gliese 581

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

Gliese 581 may be small as stars go, but it looms huge in the vision field of planetfinders.

Dozens Of "Earth-like" Planets Discovered Outside Solar System

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — European astronomers have found 32 new planets outside our solar system, adding evidence to the theory that the universe has many p...

NASA: Finding a Second Earth Could Happen Anytime Now | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Astronomers may be on the brink of discovering a second Earth-like planet, a find that would add fresh impetus to the search for extraterrestrial life...