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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...

Southern Observatory Snaps Image Of Never-Before-Seen Planet

Posted 06.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 06/03/2013 09:17 AM EDT on SPACE.com A newly discovered gaseous planet has been directly photographed orbiting a star...

NASA Space Telescope Is Broken

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 07.15.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES — NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope is broken, potentially jeopardizing the search for other worlds where life could exist outs...

DISCOVERED: Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Yet

Posted 04.18.2013 | Science

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

Best Places To Hunt E.T. Described In New Study

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 02.27.2013 | Science

As the hunt for earth-like planets and alien life heats up, stars that are cooling down may be the best places to look. That's the word from researche...

Space Telescope Spies Record-Setting Planet

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 02.20.2013 | Science

LOS ANGELES -- Astronomers searching for planets outside our solar system have discovered the tiniest one yet – one that's about the size of our...

Quit Calling Them 'Earth-Like' Planets

| Posted 12.26.2012 | Science

By Caleb A. Scharf This year has been a spectacular one for exoplanets. New discoveries and new insights have truly pushed the gateway to other world...

Huge Alien Planet Observed Orbiting Massive Star

Posted 11.19.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 11/19/2012 08:09 AM EST on SPACE.com In a rare direct photo of a world beyond Earth, astronomers have spotted a plan...

Prolific Planet Hunter Goes Into Overdrive

Posted 11.15.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 11/14/2012 06:19 PM EST on SPACE.com NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has begun its extended mission,...