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How A Planet-Hunting Visionary Convinced NASA To Do The Right Thing

HuffingtonPost.com | 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). ...

Scientists Discover Record-Setting Alien World

Space.com | 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 Ea...

YIKES: Sunlike Star Gets Set To Eat Its Own

Space.com | Miriam Kramer | Posted 06.11.2014 | Science

BOSTON — A star shining about 2,800 light-years from Earth will chow down on two of its planets millions of years from now. Kepler-56 is a star s...

LOOK: 'This Is The Godzilla Of Earths!'

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 06.04.2014 | Science

It's like Earth -- only 17 times more massive. On Monday, astronomers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics said they had identified...

Prolific Planet Hunter Gets New Mission

Space.com | 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...

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!?

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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!?

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...

NASA Throws In The Towel

weather.com | 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

Space.com | 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

Space.com | 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

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 ...

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 SPACE.com Health issues are jeopardizing the planet-hunting work of NASA's prolific Kepler spa...