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Table Salt Compound Spotted on Europa  ASTRO WATCH · 11 hours
A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists... more
Two new Earth-like planets discovered near Teegarden's Star  SCIENCE DAILY · 12 hours
An international research team has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest stars. Teegarden's Star is about 12.5 light years away and is one of the smallest known stars. more
New Earth-like exoplanets discovered around red dwarf Teegarden star  PHYS.ORG · 17 hours
An international team led by the University of Göttingen (Germany) with participation by researchers from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) have discovered, using the CARMENES high-resolution spectrograph at... more
NASA Wants to Build a 'Starshade' to Hunt Alien Planets  LIVE SCIENCE · 20 hours
Such a mission would have to keep two spacecraft, separated by thousands of miles, aligned within 3 feet of each other. more
Gemini Planet Imager Analyzes 300 Stars  ASTRO WATCH · 21 hours
Over the past four years, an instrument attached to a telescope in the Chilean Andes - known as the Gemini Planet Imager - has... more
Cassini Team Delivers New Findings on Saturn’s Ring System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 days
Although NASA’s Cassini mission ended in 2017, science continues to flow from the data collected. In a series... more
Meteors help Martian clouds form  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
How did the Red Planet get all of its clouds? CU Boulder researchers may have discovered the secret: just add meteors. more
Migrating Baby Exoplanet Sculpts Disk Around Newborn Star (Photos)  SPACE.COM · 2 days
Intricate ring structures in the outer portion of the disk of dust and gas that surrounds the young star HD 169142 were likely carved by a newborn planet on the... more
NASA Wants to Build a 'Starshade' to Hunt Alien Planets. Here's How It Would Work  SPACE.COM · 5 days
Starshade exoplanet-hunting missions may be technologically daunting, but they're not beyond NASA's reach, recent research suggests. more
The Search for Habitable Alien Worlds in Earth's Backyard Heats Up  LIVE SCIENCE · 5 days
A new instrument designed to find potentially habitable alien worlds in the nearest star system to our own sun just revved up. more
New Study Dramatically Narrows the Search for Advanced Life in the Universe  ASTRO WATCH · 5 days
Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a rich diversity of life. In a... more
Cassini-Huygens exploration of the Saturn system: 13 years of discovery  Science Magazine · 6 days
The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn provided a close-up study of the gas giant planet, as well as its rings, moons, and magnetosphere. The Cassini spacecraft arrived at Saturn... more
Jupiter-like exoplanets found in sweet spot in most planetary systems  SCIENCE DAILY · 6 days
A survey of 300 stars in search of exoplanets finds that massive, Jupiter-like gas giants are found just about where Jupiter is in our own solar system. more
Jupiter-like exoplanets found in sweet spot in most planetary systems  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
As planets form in the swirling gas and dust around young stars, there seems to be a sweet spot where most of the large, Jupiter-like gas giants congregate,... more
Table salt compound spotted on Europa  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
A familiar ingredient has been hiding in plain sight on the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. Using a visible light spectral analysis, planetary scientists at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which Caltech manages for NASA,... more
Starshade would take formation flying to extremes  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Anyone who's ever seen aircraft engaged in formation flying can appreciate the feat of staying highly synchronized while airborne. In work sponsored by NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program (ExEP), engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory... more
The Search for Habitable Alien Worlds in Earth's Backyard Heats Up  SPACE.COM · 1 week
A new instrument designed to find potentially habitable alien worlds in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to our own sun, began operations on May 23,... more
A Weird Mud Plume May Have Built the Highest Peak on Dwarf Planet Ceres  SPACE.COM · 1 week
A plume of mud from the depths of dwarf planet Ceres may have created the miniature world's highest mountain, a... more
'First light' achieved on upgraded planet-finding instrument to search for Earth-like planets in nearest star system  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
Newly-built planet-finding instrument installed on Very Large Telescope, Chile, begins 100-hour observation of nearby stars Alpha... more
Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. Scientists used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of... more
Here's Your Chance to Name an Alien Planet!  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
There's a whole universe of nameless stars and exoplanets beyond our solar system, and now space fans around the world will have a chance to help name these objects. more
New Herbivorous Dinosaur Species Identified in Australia: Fostoria dhimbangunmal  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
A new species of two-legged iguanodontian dinosaur has been identified from fossils discovered three decades ago in an... more
Could climate change make Siberia habitable for humans?  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. more
Name an exoplanet  nanowerk · 2 weeks
IAU100 NameExoWorlds gives every country in the world the opportunity to name an exoplanet and its host star. more
Name an exoplanet  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
In recent years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets and planetary systems orbiting around nearby stars. Some are small and rocky like the Earth, whilst others are gas giants like Jupiter. It is now believed that most stars in the... more
Exomoons May Be Home to Extraterrestrial Life  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
Moons orbiting planets outside our solar system could offer another clue about the pool of worlds that may be home to extraterrestrial... more
The Earth's rotation moves water in Lake Garda  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Lake Garda has not yet revealed all of its secrets. This attractive tourist destination, unique for its physical and environmental characteristics, is also a case study for several international research teams. One... more
TESS first light on stellar physics  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Using asteroseismic techniques, an international team searched for pulsations in a subsample of five thousand stars, from the 32 thousand observed in short cadence in the first two sectors (roughly the first two months of science... more
Binary asteroids, key to Earth’s planetary defence  ESA · 2 weeks
Humankind has had its closest look yet at a binary asteroid. As 1999 KW4 skimmed past our planet at 70 000 km/h,... more
Inexpensive chip-size satellites orbit Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A decade ago, while still a Ph.D. student at Cornell University, Zac Manchester imagined building chip-scale satellites that might work together to study Earth or explore space. On June 3, as NASA Ames Research Center announces the successful... more
Physicists discover new clue to planet formation  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
An international study led by the Monash School of Physics and Astronomy has discovered the first observational evidence for the existence of circumplanetary discs. more
Here's How Europe's Rosalind Franklin Rover Will Phone Home From Mars  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
Europe's future Mars rover has a place to call home while en route to Red Planet discoveries. The European Space Agency opened its new rover operations... more
A pair of fledgling planets directly seen growing around a young star  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
Astronomers have directly imaged two exoplanets that are gravitationally carving out a wide gap within a planet-forming disk surrounding a young star. While over... more
Earthquakes that talk to each other  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
On 19th June 2012 at 8:53 pm local time, a moment magnitude-4.9 earthquake rattled the residents in and around the small town of Thorpdale in eastern Victoria. Moment magnitude measures the size or strength of an... more
Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize  TechCrunch · 3 weeks
There's a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don't have much of an idea what's at the bottom of most of... more
‘Forbidden’ Planet Found in the ‘Neptunian Desert’  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
An exoplanet smaller than Neptune with its own atmosphere has been discovered in the Neptunian Desert, by an international collaboration of astronomers,... more
Reddish-brown parts of Pluto 'indicate water'  Sky News · 3 weeks
Researchers believe it is likely that there is liquid water underground on Pluto after discovering frozen ammonia on the dwarf planet's surface. more
Astronomers Discover ‘Forbidden’ Short-Period Neptune-Sized Exoplanet  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
An international team of astronomers has discovered a Neptune-sized exoplanet orbiting NGTS-4, a K-dwarf star located 922 light-years from Earth. Named NGTS-4b, the planet... more
A new view of exoplanets with NASA's upcoming Webb Telescope  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
While we now know of thousands of exoplanets—planets around other stars—the vast majority of our knowledge is indirect. That is, scientists have not actually taken many pictures of... more
Astronomers Spot 'Forbidden Planet' in Neptunian Desert  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers have used a desert-based observatory to identify an exoplanet that falls in the middle of what scientists had dubbed the Neptunian Desert. more
Characterizing large earthquakes before rupture is complete  Science Magazine · 3 weeks
Whether earthquakes of different sizes are distinguishable early in their rupture process is a subject of debate. Studies have shown that the frequency content of radiated seismic energy in the first seconds of earthquakes... more
Rogue 'Forbidden' planet defies its star's death zone - CNET  CNET · 3 weeks
Scientists surprisingly discovered a tough-as-nails planet lurking in a "Neptunian desert." more
'Forbidden' planet found wandering 'Neptunian Desert'  nanowerk · 3 weeks
An international group of astronomers has identified a rogue planet orbiting its star in the so-called Neptunian Desert. more
Are Elon Musk and SpaceX about to ruin our view of the night sky?  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Already, the first 60 of SpaceX's planned 12,000 internet-delivery satellites have appeared as a decidedly unnatural string of lights in... more
Compact System of Three Super-Earths Found around Naked-Eye Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 weeks
Astronomers using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered a compact three-planet system around the sixth-magnitude star... more
18 New Earth-Size Exoplanets Pop Up In Old Kepler Planet-Hunting Data  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
Scientists scouring old Kepler Space Telescope data have tracked down 18 more relatively small exoplanets imaged by the famed planet-hunting observatory. more
The 'Forbidden' planet has been found in the 'Neptunian Desert'  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
An exoplanet smaller than Neptune with its own atmosphere has been discovered in the Neptunian Desert, by an international collaboration of astronomers, with the University of Warwick taking... more
Astronomers find 'Forbidden' planet in 'Neptunian Desert' around its star  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
An exoplanet smaller than Neptune with its own atmosphere has been discovered in a region close to its star where no Neptune-sized planets would normally be found. more
Ten things about Mars  ESA · 3 weeks
Discover fascinating facts about the Red Planet and how ESA is contributing to the scientific exploration of Mars more
Huge Asteroid Passes By Earth  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
An asteroid, estimated to be over one kilometer wide, missed our planet on Saturday, May 25 at around 23:05 UTC. The space rock, designated 1999 KW4... more
Comet Provides New Clues to Origins of Earth’s Oceans  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
The mystery of why Earth has so much water, allowing our “blue marble” to support an astounding array... more
Meteor magnets in outer space: Finding elusive giant planets  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
A team has discovered two Jupiter-sized planets about 150 light years away from Earth that could reveal whether life is likely on the smaller planets in other planetary systems. more
18 Earth-Sized Exoplanets Discovered  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Somewhat more than 4000 planets orbiting stars outside our solar system are known so far. Of these so-called exoplanets, about 96 percent are significantly larger than our Earth,... more
Three Exocomets Discovered Around the Star Beta Pictoris  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
Three extrasolar comets have been discovered around the star Beta Pictoris, 63 light years away, by the University of Innsbruck.... more
Unexpected observation of ice at low temperature, high pressure questions water theory  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Scientists studying super-cold states of water discovered a pathway to the unexpected formation of dense, crystalline phases of ice thought to exist beyond Earth's... more
Massive Martian ice discovery opens a window into Red Planet's history  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the... more
Planet-Hunting Cubesat Spies Los Angeles from Space!  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
One of NASA's cubesat satellites captured stunning aerial views of California's "City of Stars." more
18 Earth-sized exoplanets discovered  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Scientists have discovered 18 Earth-sized planets beyond the solar system. The worlds are so small that previous surveys had overlooked them. One of them is one of the smallest known so far; another one could offer conditions friendly to life.... more
18 Earth-sized exoplanets discovered  nanowerk · 4 weeks
Astronomers have used a new method to find small exoplanets, which previous surveys had overlooked. more
Eighteen Earth-sized exoplanets discovered  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS), the Georg August University of Göttingen, and the Sonneberg Observatory have discovered 18 Earth-sized planets beyond the solar system. The worlds are so small that previous surveys had overlooked... more
Massive Martian ice discovery opens a window into red planet's history  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Newly discovered layers of ice buried a mile beneath Mars' north pole are the remnants of ancient polar ice sheets and could be one of the... more
Three exocomets discovered around the star Beta Pictoris  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Just about a year after the launch of the NASA mission TESS, the first three comets orbiting the nearby star Beta Pictoris outside our solar system were discovered with data from the... more
Water Formation on the Moon Demonstrated By UH Manoa Scientists  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
For the first time, a cross-disciplinary study has shown chemical, physical, and material evidence for water... more
Formation of the moon brought water to Earth  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The Earth is unique in our solar system: It is the only terrestrial planet with a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilizes the Earth's axis. Both were... more
Climate change: sea level rise could displace millions of people within two generations  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Antarctica is further from civilisation than any other place on Earth. The Greenland ice sheet is closer to home but around one... more
TESS Detects Exocomets in Beta Pictoris System  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) has spotted the long tails of extrasolar comets orbiting the very young star beta Pictoris. Beta... more
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Two new Earth-like planets discovered near Teegarden's Star
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Starshade would take formation flying to extremes
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Binary asteroids, key to Earth’s planetary defence
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A new view of exoplanets with NASA's upcoming Webb Telescope
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