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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...

HOW MANY Stars In Our Galaxy Host Alien Worlds!? | Mike Wall | Posted 03.05.2014 | Science

The vast majority of stars in our Milky Way galaxy host planets, many of which may be capable of supporting life as we know it, a new study suggests....

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...

What Does It Take to Change the World?

Barbara Becker | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Barbara Becker

Eight years later, Maggie is the legal guardian of forty-four children. Through grassroots fundraising -- and the money she earned from babysitting back home -- Maggie built the Kopila Valley Children's Home and School,

Strange Wobbly World Spotted By NASA's Planet-Hunting Probe | Megan Gannon | Posted 02.06.2014 | Science

Astronomers have discovered an alien planet that wobbles at such a dizzying rate that its seasons must fluctuate wildly. Throughout all of the plane...

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...

Oddball Planet Discovered Orbiting Distant Star | 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...

LOOK: Year's Top Exoplanet Discoveries Include Some Pretty Freaky Places | 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'...

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...

Discovering Nearby Worlds

Holly Henry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Holly Henry

The holy grail of astrobiology, currently, lies in identifying Earth-sized worlds within the habitable zone of their star and with the possibility of an atmosphere that might support life.

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...

NASA Throws In The Towel | Posted 08.18.2013 | 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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

Odd Space Objects Could Be New Type Of Planet

| Posted 03.15.2013 | Science

By Davide Castelvecchi and Nature magazine Mysterious dense bodies outside the Solar System could be the remnants of ice giants similar to Neptune t...

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'...

Other Solar Systems: Flatter Than Pancakes but Thicker Than Crepes

Julia Fang | Posted 01.13.2013 | Science
Julia Fang

The best visualization for the flatness of planetary systems is that they are somewhere in between that of a pancake and that of a crepe. Gives food for thought next time you eat at your local IHOP.

Extraterrestrial Habitats: Yet More Good News

Seth Shostak | Posted 08.14.2012 | Science
Seth Shostak

Despite any inclination to believe yourself among the brightest bulbs around, new research indicates that even when the universe was considerably younger, there were heavy elements enough to spawn planets that could... spawn life.

The Premiere Of Philip Glass' Astronomy Opera

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 07.20.2012 | Home

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Spoleto Festival USA opens its 36th season Friday and among the planned performances is an opera by American composer Phi...

Planet-Hunting Program Gets Reprieve From NASA Bean Counters

AP | Posted 04.05.2012 | Science

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA has decided to keep its planet-hunting spacecraft running for several more years. The space agency said Wednesday the...