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.
Space exploration has come a long way since the first primitive satellites—we’ve visited all the canonical planets, and laid the groundwork for the next stage of discovery and colonization. A new, more lasting space race is about to begin. Here’s the second part of our 100-year forecast of future space exploration.
Astronomers tell us that the Sun, in about 7 billion years, will expand into a bloated red giant—wreaking havoc on the inner planets, and even destroying the Earth. So, in order to satisfy our morbid curiosity, we present a roundup of the doomed planets of dead and dying stars around the galaxy.
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The “Breakthrough Initiatives” seek to answer one of the most pressing questions of our day: are we alone in the universe? Breakthrough Listen will scan the skies for alien signals, while Breakthrough Starshot aims to develop interstellar craft to explore alien worlds. Here’s a look at this ambitious program of research.
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.
Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our Solar System, may have an Earth-Like planet.
They have the right terrain, and the right distance from their host star.
The first life in the universe may have arisen on truly alien worlds.
NASA is developing a huge flower-shaped starshade in order to take a closer look at distant planets.
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