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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...

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

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...

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...

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 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...

Space Agency Delivers Some Bad News To Planet Hunters

Space.com | 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 o...

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 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.

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...

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 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...

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'...

Itty-Bitty Alien Solar System Discovered

Posted 10.16.2012 | Science

By: Charles Q. Choi Published: 10/15/2012 03:31 PM EDT on SPACE.com The most crowded alien planetary system found yet possesses five worlds all or...

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.

NASA Discovery Nearly Doubles Number of Alien Worlds

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.27.2012 | Science

Call it payday for planet hunters. The Kepler space telescope mission has detected 26 previously unknown planets orbiting their suns in 11 new planeta...

The Fabric of My Cosmos

Carolyn Bucior | Posted 03.21.2012 | Science
Carolyn Bucior

When I read last month that NASA's Kepler space telescope was allowing scientists to spy on a potentially habitable planet 600 light years away and co...

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 ...