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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,...

Newfound Alien Planet May Be Just Right For Life

Posted 11.09.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 11/07/2012 07:09 PM EST on SPACE.com Astronomers have detected an alien planet that may be capable of supporting life as ...

Asteroids, Alien Life Linked In New Space Telescope Study

Posted 11.02.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 11/02/2012 11:02 AM EDT on SPACE.com Asteroid belts similar to the one between Mars and Jupiter appear to be rare...

DISCOVERED: One-Of-A-Kind Alien Planet

Posted 10.15.2012 | Science

By: Jeanna Bryner Published: 10/15/2012 11:52 AM EDT on SPACE.com Amateur astronomers have helped discover an alien planet with two suns and a t...

Astronomers Discover Unimaginably Large Diamond In Space

Reuters | Posted 12.11.2012 | Science

By Chris Wickham LONDON (Reuters) - Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one's bigger than planet Earth. Orbiting...

New Study Supports Existence Of Habitable Alien World

Posted 07.25.2012 | Science

By: Mike Wall Published: 07/23/2012 04:08 PM EDT on SPACE.com Nearly two years after spotting Gliese 581g, the celebrated "first potentially ...

Scientists Solve Mystery Of Planet's Evaporating Atmosphere

Posted 06.29.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 06/29/2012 02:56 PM EDT on SPACE.com A Jupiter-size planet around a distant star has given astronomers a rare gl...

Star's Scorching Heat Turning Planet Into Dust, Scientists Say

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 05.20.2012 | Science

Space scientists have found a little exoplanet with some big eccentricities. The planet, detected about 1,500 light years from Earth, orbits its s...

Vast 'Demolition Derby' In Space Surprises Scientists

Posted 04.13.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 04/13/2012 07:07 AM EDT on SPACE.com A young star that is home to at least one alien planet is also ringed by a v...

Alien-Hunting Astronomers Close In On 'Goldilocks Planet'

Posted 04.04.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 04/04/2012 07:44 AM EDT on SPACE.com The first true "alien Earth" will likely be discovered in the next...

'Warp Speed' Planets Hit 30 Million Miles An Hour, Study Shows

Posted 03.24.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 03/23/2012 03:55 PM EDT on SPACE.com Planets in tight orbits around stars that get ejected from our galaxy may actual...

Unusual Alien Super-Earth May Be First 'Waterworld'

Posted 02.22.2012 | Science

By: SPACE.com Staff Published: 02/21/2012 11:33 AM EST on SPACE.com Scientists have discovered a new type of alien planet — a steamy waterworl...

Gravity Surprise May Affect Search For Habitable Planets

Posted 02.12.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi, Astrobiology Magazine Contributor Published: 02/11/2012 02:00 PM EST on SPACE.com Alien planets might experience tidal for...

Backyard Astronomer Discovers New Planet

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 01.19.2012 | Science

There are billions of planets in our galaxy, and a hot, Neptune-sized planet orbiting an ordinary star called SPH10066540 might not seem unusual, but ...

Saturn on Steroids: Ringed Alien World Glimpsed Outside Solar System

| Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.13.2012 | Science

AUSTIN, Texas – An enigmatic object detected five years ago in space may be a ringed alien world comparable to Saturn, the first such world discove...

Real-Life 'Tatooine': Planets With Two Suns Found

| Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.12.2012 | Science

Astronomers have found more real-life versions of Luke Skywalker's home planet Tatooine from "Star Wars" — alien worlds that see two suns...

Milky Way Packed With Billions Of Planets, Study Suggests

AP | By SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 01.12.2012 | Science

WASHINGTON -- The more astronomers look for other worlds, the more they find that it's a crowded and crazy cosmos. They think planets easily outnumber...

'What Would Happen If You Stuck Jupiter In A Giant Blowtorch?'

Posted 09.25.2011 | Green

Aurorae are one of the most remarkable sights offered by our universe. But what would the star spectacle look like from a planet other than Earth? ...

Astronomers Discover 'Most Earth-Like' Planet Yet

Posted 07.19.2011 | Green

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NASA Spots 54 Potentially Life-Friendly Planets

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — An orbiting NASA telescope is finding whole new worlds of possibilities in the search for alien life, spotting more than 50 potenti...

Researchers Discover First Alien Planet From Another Galaxy

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

A team of researchers has discovered a Jupiter-like planet located on the outskirts of our Milky Way galaxy. It is the first of its kind to be discove...