“Because of the onslaught by the star’s radiation, our results suggest the atmosphere on planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system would largely be destroyed.”July 20, 2017
PLATO will join Kepler in the mission to discover potentially habitable worlds.July 4, 2017
These Earth-sized planets have all the right conditions for life. Now, we just have to look for it.March 1, 2017
The search for alien life continues.January 28, 2017
It's in the 'habitable zone,' just like Earth.January 27, 2017
It was the first of many (with even more to come).January 9, 2017
The exoplanetary zoo is full of weird and wonderful standouts. Whether it’s planets with winds of ruby and sapphire, planets of diamond, planets as old as the universe or younger than our species, or planets hotter than the surface of the Sun—if you can imagine it, it’s out there. Here’s our roundup of the weirdest planets in the universe.
But don't pack your bags just yet.September 16, 2016
They tug, transit, eclipse, reflect, and microlense. Some shine faintly in the infrared. The bottom line is: exoplanets are hard to find. But astronomers have developed some pretty clever techniques for detecting these elusive worlds—and we’ve put together this infographic to show you how it’s done.
With the discovery of Proxima b, astronomers have finally found a potentially habitable planet around the nearest star to Earth. In honor of that finding, we’ve compiled a list of the most promising real estate in the galaxy—the many strange worlds that may now or someday host life as we know it.