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Alien Planets

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...

Asteroid Find Boosts Possibility Of Alien Life

| Lizzie Wade | Posted 10.12.2013 | Science

The next time you gaze up at the night sky, remember that you’re looking at a graveyard. The Milky Way is studded with dead stars, from black holes ...

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...

Nearby 'Super Earth' Sports Bizarre Atmosphere, Scientists Say

Space.com | Nola Taylor Redd | Posted 10.03.2013 | Science

A nearby alien planet six times the size of the Earth is covered with a water-rich atmosphere that includes a strange "plasma form" of water, scient...

Astronomers Tally HOW MANY Alien Worlds!?

Space.com | 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...

E.T. Hunters Get Bad News About Alien Moons

Space.com | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 09.17.2013 | Science

Alien moons around distant worlds may not possess magnetic fields strong enough to protect extraterrestrial life from radiation that may blast it fro...

Huge Alien Planet Gives Astronomers Cosmic First

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 08.14.2013 | Science

A hot alien planet that's as big as Jupiter and cobalt blue in color has been spotted crossing in front of its parent star in the X-ray spectrum —...

Record-Setting Exoplanet Casts Doubt On Star Theory

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.07.2013 | Science

A newly seen alien planet sets a new record as the lowest-mass world ever detected around a sun-like star using direct imaging, astronomers report in ...

Could 'Water-Trapped' Worlds Host Alien Life?

Space.com | Adam Hadhazy | Posted 07.27.2013 | Science

A new study takes a deeper look into the fate of life-permitting water on Earth-like planets around red dwarf stars, the most common stars in the univ...

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...

How Many Alien Planets Could Support Life? Study Yields HUGE New Estimate

Space.com | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.02.2013 | Science

Though only about dozen potentially habitable exoplanets have been detected so far, scientists say the universe should be teeming with alien worlds ...

Planet Hunters Report Record-Breaking Discovery

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science

The habitable zone of a nearby star is filled to the brim with planets that could support alien life, scientists announced today (June 25). An inte...

UPDATE: Kickstarter Offers Normals The Chance To Search For Aliens

Huffington Post | David Winograd | Posted 06.21.2013 | Small Business

Ever wanted to visit an alien planet? The technology to “boldly go where no man has gone before” may not be here yet, but one cutting edge company...

Is Alien Life More Likely On Real-Life 'Tatooines?'

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.13.2013 | Science

Luke Skywalker would be proud. Planets like Skywalker's fictional home of Tatooine in the "Star Wars" movie series might have more potential for habi...

Alien Planet Hunt To Get Boost From Rare Celestial Event

Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 06/03/2013 03:09 PM EDT on SPACE.com The stars will align for planet hunters twice in the next three years, allowing them...

Other Worlds Eyed For Clues About Our Climate Future

Posted 05.29.2013 | Science

By: Leslie Mullen, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 05/25/2013 09:25 AM EDT on SPACE.com A Comparative Climatology Symposium held at NASA Headquar...

Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Probe Now Ailing

Posted 05.02.2013 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 05/01/2013 10:01 AM EDT on SPACE.com 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 SPACE.com 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 SPACE.com NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered three exoplanets that may be capable of...

Alien World May Hold Clues To How Our Solar System Formed

Posted 03.16.2013 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 03/14/2013 02:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com The glowing atmosphere of a strangely giant alien world could help solve myste...

New Telescope To Get Unprecedented Glimpse Of Star Birth

Posted 03.13.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 03/12/2013 10:04 AM EDT on SPACE.com The world's most powerful radio telescope will pull back the curtain on the d...

Sci-Fi Star Systems Could Host E.T.

Posted 03.11.2013 | Science

By: Nola Taylor Redd, Astrobiology Magazine Published: 03/11/2013 10:55 AM EDT on SPACE.com Planets orbiting binary star systems have to deal with...

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 SPACE.com Astronomers have their fingers crossed that within the hau...

Alien Hunters Scan Skies For E.T. Signals

Posted 02.12.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 02/08/2013 08:06 PM EST on SPACE.com Intelligent alien life is likely relatively rare throughout our Milky Way gala...

Were Space Scientists Wrong About 'Goldilocks' Zone?

Posted 01.30.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 01/29/2013 11:37 AM EST on SPACE.com One of the most important characteristics of an alien planet is whether or n...