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Exoplanet

'Chaotic' Planets Make The Search For E.T. More Complicated

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.16.2015 | Science

When looking for alien life, astronomers pay special attention to planets in the so-called "Goldilocks zone" -- that is, planets that orbit their host...

Freaky Alien Planet Is Way Bigger Than It Should Be

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.05.2015 | Science

A huge exoplanet 500 light-years from Earth has astronomers baffled. Dubbed HATS-6b, the newfound gas giant is considered "too big" for its host st...

Scientists Discover Super-Rare Alien Planet

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.15.2015 | Science

Two groups of astronomers working independently in Germany have discovered a massive new exoplanet that's quite strange--for a few reasons. The new...

Starlight Starbright: How Many Planets Will I Find Tonight

Marc Dantonio | Posted 04.08.2015 | Science
Marc Dantonio

Except for a few notable exceptions, nearly all stars appear as mere points of light because their distance simply precludes our current capabilities from seeing otherwise. Let's look at a cool analogy to understand the issue and how it relates to planets.

Stupendous Ring System Discovered Around Distant Planet

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.29.2015 | Science

Call it Saturn on steroids! Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet with an enormous ring system that far surpasses Saturn's. “This planet is mu...

Understanding Exoplanets: The Habitable Zone

Marc Dantonio | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science
Marc Dantonio

Looking at our own Solar System helps us understand how the placement of an Exoplanet within the habitable zone of its star will drastically affect its climate.

ETI, Satan and Salvation: An Alien in My Church Pew

Leona Foxx | Posted 09.28.2014 | Religion
Leona Foxx

I'd welcome an alien in my church pew any Sunday, as an astrobiologist who is also a pastor. However, none have shown up as yet.

Scientists Discover Record-Setting Alien World

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science

A newfound alien planet is one for the record books. The alien planet Kepler-421b — which crosses the face of, or transits, its host star from Ea...

YIKES: Sunlike Star Gets Set To Eat Its Own

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.11.2014 | Science

BOSTON — A star shining about 2,800 light-years from Earth will chow down on two of its planets millions of years from now. Kepler-56 is a star s...

Prolific Planet Hunter Gets New Mission

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 05.18.2014 | Science

NASA's prolific Kepler spacecraft is back in action, a year after being sidelined by an equipment failure. The space agency has approved a new miss...

WATCH: Student's Trippy Video Gives You Tour Of Alien Worlds

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 05.06.2014 | Science

How would you like to journey through space for a quick tour of all those alien worlds astronomers have discovered? No spaceship, you say? No worr...

LOOK: Will Your Grandkids Be Living On One Of These Planets?

Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

Colonize Mars? Meh. While some space enthusiasts are vying for a chance to create a human colony on the Red Planet, others say exoplanets like "Kepler...

WATCH: Strange 'Swarms' Suggest Presence Of Unseen Exoplanet

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 03.12.2014 | Science

Astronomers have detected bizarre swarms of comets around a nearby star, icy bodies that may have been trapped by the powerful gravitational pull of ...

Does 'Hot Jupiter' Finding Mean A Better Way To Search For Alien Life?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 02.26.2014 | Science

The Milky Way is teeming with billions of planets, including many that are similar to our own. But how many of these alien worlds have water, and do a...

WATCH: Alien Planet Discovery Is First Of Its Kind

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

Scientists using a powerful telescope in Chile have found an alien planet circling a star that is nearly identical to the sun and located in a star c...

Alien Planets More Like Earth Than We Thought?

Space.com | 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 ...

Oddball Planet Discovered Orbiting Distant Star

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Astronomers have spotted a hotter and puffier version of Earth circling a distant star. The oddball exoplanet candidate KOI-314c is located about 2...

WATCH: Space Telescope Reveals Big Secret About Little Exoplanet

natureheader | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

One of the best-studied nearby extrasolar planets — a body just a little larger than Earth — is swaddled in alien clouds, researchers have found. ...

LOOK: Year's Top Exoplanet Discoveries Include Some Pretty Freaky Places

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

While astronomers didn't bag that elusive first "alien Earth" in 2013, they made plenty of exciting exoplanet discoveries during the past year. Here'...

Alien World Is Like Earth, Only Hellishly Hot

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 10.30.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Scientists have found a planet way out in the cosmos that's close in size and content to Earth ...

Telescopes Team Up To Create First-Ever Alien Planet 'Map'

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 10.07.2013 | Science

Scientists have created the first-ever cloud map of a planet beyond our solar system. Although the roughly Jupiter-size Kepler-7b lies far closer to...

Big Blue Planet Has Rain Made Of WHAT!?

Space.com | Elizabeth Howell | Posted 09.03.2013 | Science

There's a "blue marble" alien planet just 63 light-years from Earth, but the world is anything but friendly to life. Researchers say the blue color i...

LOOK: Alien Planet's True Color Detected

natureheader | Devin Powell | Posted 07.12.2013 | Science

A navy-blue world orbiting a faraway star is the first exoplanet to have its colour measured. Discovered in 2005, HD 189733 b is one of the best-studi...

Alien Planet's Extreme Orbit Puts Key Theory In Doubt

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 06.14.2013 | Science

This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. EDT. Astronomers have found evidence of an alien planet forming surprisingly far from its host star, a discovery...

Tiny Telescopes Spot Huge Exoplanet

Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/04/2013 02:22 PM EDT on SPACE.com INDIANAPOLIS — Tiny telescopes in Arizona and South Africa have spotted a Satu...