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NASA Discovers A Slew Of New Planets

The Huffington Post | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 05.11.2016 | Science

NASA astronomers have identified 1,284 previously undetected planets, including nine that may be habitable -- the biggest collection of planets ever d...

How Could We Build an Invisibility Cloak to Hide Earth From an Alien Civilization?

The Conversation US | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science
The Conversation US

What would it take to hide an entire planet? It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of "Star Trek" than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction.

NASA's Kepler Spacecraft Recovers From Unexplained Emergency Mode

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 04.11.2016 | Science

NASA announced Monday that its planet-seeking Kepler spacecraft has recovered after switching into emergency mode, though the reason for the anomaly h...

A New Age of Exploration, Powered by Math

Dan Rockmore | Posted 07.28.2016 | Science
Dan Rockmore

Summer is here and all over the world, people take the roads, airways, exploring the world around them. But our travels aren't just limited to terrestrial destinations this year. Exploration, be it of space or thought is one of the great natural human impulses. It can lead us anywhere, often with the help of mathematics.

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...

Scientists Discover Record-Setting Alien World | 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 Eart...

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 missio...

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...

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...

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.

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 NASA...

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 ma...

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 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 of...

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 rece...

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 pla...

How Ordinary Are We?

Seth Shostak | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science
Seth Shostak

Could it be that our planet isn't typical at all? If so, then maybe life isn't typical either. On the other hand, if there are plenty of planets similar to Earth, we can reasonably hope for lots of cosmic company.

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...

Alien Moons Could Host Life, Astronomers Say

Posted 03.08.2013 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 03/07/2013 06:57 AM EST on Astronomers have their fingers crossed that within the hau...

Celebrated Telescope Eyes Hundreds Of New Planet Candidates

The Huffington Post | Craig Kanalley | Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

NASA's Kepler mission has identified 461 new planet candidates, the space agency announced today. Four of the planet candidates orbit in their sun'...