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Kepler Space Telescope

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...

Super-Ancient Solar System Discovered

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 01.30.2015 | Science

Since it was launched in 2009, NASA's planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope has identified more than 1,000 exoplanets and almost 4,200 exoplanet "cand...

Reborn Space Telescope Makes Major Discovery

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 12.22.2014 | Science

Call it the comeback of the year. Last year, equipment failure caused NASA to deem its $600-million Kepler space telescope irreparable. But since t...

David Freeman

How A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinced NASA To Do The Right Thing | David Freeman | Posted 10.13.2014 | Science

How many planets are there? Not long ago the answer to that question was simple: eight, or nine if you counted Pluto (now officially a dwarf planet). ...

The Search for Life Is Picking Up Speed!

Mario Livio | Posted 09.21.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

Recently, the search for extraterrestrial life has started to gain significant momentum. Several factors have combined to advance the search for life to the level of a high-priority quest.

Prolific Planet Hunter Gets New Mission | 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...

Scientists Discover Most Earth-Like Alien World Yet

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 06.17.2014 | Science

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that's similar in...

Planet-Hunting Spacecraft Finds 'Biggest Haul Ever'

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 02.27.2014 | Science

A huge new haul of planets has joined the tally of alien worlds discovered by NASA's Kepler space telescope, scientists announced today. All of the ne...

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...

Has Ailing Probe Finally Solved Mystery Of Exploding Stars?

natureheader | Ron Cowen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

They are cosmic detonations that briefly outshine the light of entire galaxies. And they were a crucial tool in the discovery of dark energy, the forc...

Effort To Solve Dark Matter Mystery Comes Up Empty-Handed | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A planet-hunting NASA spacecraft has detected no sign of moon-size black holes yet in the Milky Way galaxy, limiting the chances that such objects c...

On Extraterrestrial Life: Part I

Mario Livio | Posted 02.04.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The discovery (if and when it happens) of extraterrestrial complex life will undoubtedly usher in a revolution that will rival the Copernican and Darwinian revolutions combined.


Victor Stenger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Victor Stenger

Since there are about 150 billion other galaxies in the visible cosmos, this multiplies out to 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets within the visible universe capable of supporting biological life of some form.

40 Billion Ways to Dance

Mark Morford | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Go ahead, try it. Step outside tonight and glance skyward, pick any star and then visualize its own rocky, Earthy little ball orbiting around it, with some form of life potentially dancing a tango on top.

WATCH: New Study Yields Huge Surprise About Habitable Planets | Tanya Lewis | Posted 11.05.2013 | Science

Habitable alien planets similar to Earth may not be that rare in the universe, a new study suggests. About one in five sunlike stars observed by NA...

DISCOVERED: Bizarre 'Tilt-A-Whirl' Solar System

natureheader | Ken Croswell | Posted 10.18.2013 | Science

Observations from NASA's Kepler spacecraft have uncovered a 'tilted' solar system, a finding that gives clues as to how some planets come to orbit the...

Astronomers Tally HOW MANY Alien Worlds!? | Mike Wall | Posted 09.29.2013 | Science

Just two decades after discovering the first world beyond our solar system, astronomers are closing in on alien planet No. 1,000. Four of the five m...

Newfound Planet Has Ridiculously Short 'Year'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.21.2013 | Science

Imagine going to bed in one year, and waking up in another. That's reality on the newly discovered Kepler 78b, an Earth-sized, fiery planet that speed...

Space Agency Throws In The Towel

AP | MARCIA DUNN | Posted 08.15.2013 | Science

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA called off all attempts to fix its crippled Kepler space telescope Thursday. But it's not quite ready to call it quits on...

NASA Planet Hunter On The Lookout For Alien Ships In Deep Space

Lee Speigel | Posted 07.26.2013 | Weird News

Geoff Marcy isn't content to just look for more inhabitable planets with the Kepler space telescope. He wants to find ET spaceships hidden in deep spa...

Space Agency Delivers Some Bad News To Planet Hunters | Mike Wall | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science

NASA's Kepler spacecraft probably won't bounce back completely from the malfunction that stalled its planet-hunting efforts two months ago, mission o...

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...

Space Agency To Revive Planet-Hunting Probe | Mike Wall | Posted 07.08.2013 | Science

NASA will try to revive its ailing Kepler spacecraft this month in the hope of resurrecting a mission that has revolutionized the search for alien pl...

Kepler's Ark

Victor Stenger | Posted 06.23.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

News reports on the discovery of "habitable" planets are highly misleading. What scientists define as habitable just means that conditions may exist that are adequate for life based on carbon chemistry, such as the generic type of life we have on Earth.

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 ...