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Helium Exoplanet Inflated Like a Balloon, Research Shows  ASTRO WATCH · 20 hours
An international team of researchers, including Jessica Spake and Dr David Sing from the University of Exeter, have detected the... more
Unknown Treasure Trove of Planets Found Hiding in Dust  ASTRO WATCH · 21 hours
"Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new... more
Kepler Space Telescope: The Original Exoplanet Hunter  SPACE.COM · 2 days
NASA's Kepler Space Telescope was revolutionary space telescope dedicated to finding planets outside our solar system. more
Astronomers Spot Helium Cloud around Exo-Neptune HAT-P-11b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 3 days
An international team of astronomers has detected helium escaping from the upper atmosphere of HAT-P-11b, a Neptune-mass exoplanet located in the constellation... more
Mantle Neon Illuminates Earth’s Formation  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
The Earth formed relatively quickly from the cloud of dust and gas around the Sun, trapping water and gases in the planet's mantle, according to research... more
First Light for SPECULOOS  ASTRO WATCH · 3 days
The SPECULOOS project has made its first observations at the European Southern Observatory’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile. SPECULOOS will focus on detecting Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby ultra-cool... more
Kepler Telescope Captures First Moments of a Star's Death  SPACE.COM · 4 days
NASA's Kepler space telescope captured the light of a stellar explosion that occurred about 170 million years ago. more
Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust  nanowerk · 4 days
'Super-Earths' and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of astronomers suggests. more
Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
"Super-Earths" and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars in much greater numbers than scientists thought, new research by an international team of astronomers suggests. more
An exoplanet inflated like a balloon  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 days
Although helium is a rare element on Earth, it is ubiquitous in the universe. It is, after hydrogen, the main component of stars and gaseous giant planets. Despite its abundance, helium was only detected recently in... more
Spectrally resolved helium absorption from the extended atmosphere of a warm Neptune-mass exoplanet  Science Magazine · 4 days
Stellar heating causes atmospheres of close-in exoplanets to expand and escape. These extended atmospheres are difficult to observe because their main spectral... more
Ground-based detection of an extended helium atmosphere in the Saturn-mass exoplanet WASP-69b  Science Magazine · 4 days
Hot gas giant exoplanets can lose part of their atmosphere due to strong stellar irradiation, affecting their physical and chemical evolution. Studies of atmospheric... more
Helium exoplanet inflated like a balloon, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
Astronomers have discovered a distant planet with an abundance of helium in its atmosphere, which has swollen to resemble an inflated balloon. more
An exoplanet loses its atmosphere in the form of a tail  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new study led by scientists from the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) reveals that the giant exoplanet WASP-69b carries a comet-like tail made up... more
New Dinosaur Species Discovered in Australia: Weewarrasaurus pobeni  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 days
Paleontologists in Australia have found a fossil fragment from a new species of ornithopod dinosaur that walked the Earth approximately... more
Mantle neon illuminates Earth's formation  SCIENCE DAILY · 5 days
The Earth formed relatively quickly from the cloud of dust and gas around the Sun, trapping water and gases in the planet's mantle, based on neon isotopes from the depths of the Earth and deep space. Apart from... more
First light for SPECULOOS  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The SPECULOOS Southern Observatory (SSO) has been successfully installed at the Paranal Observatory and has obtained its first engineering and calibration images—a process known as first light. After finishing this commissioning phase, this new array of planet-hunting telescopes will begin... more
Mantle neon illuminates Earth's formation  PHYS.ORG · 5 days
The Earth formed relatively quickly from the cloud of dust and gas around the Sun, trapping water and gases in the planet's mantle, according to research published Dec. 5 in the journal Nature. Apart from settling Earth's origins,... more
Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 6 days
An international team of astronomers using a combination of ground and space-based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets in only three months. These planets... more
Life has a new ingredient  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Our prehistoric Earth, bombarded with asteroids and lightening, rife with bubbling geothermal pools, may not seem hospitable today. But somewhere in the chemical chaos of our early planet, life did form. How? For decades, scientists have created miniature... more
Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets  SCIENCE DAILY · 7 days
Astronomers using a combination of ground and space based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets (exoplanets) in only three months. These planets are quite... more
Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets  nanowerk · 7 days
An international team of astronomers using a combination of ground and space based telescopes have reported more than 100 extrasolar planets in only three months. These... more
Astronomers detect low-mass brown dwarf around A-type main-sequence star  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Using HATSouth Exoplanet Survey, an international group of astronomers has discovered a low-mass brown dwarf transiting an A-type main-sequence star. The newly detected brown dwarf, designated HATS-70b, is the first... more
LCO and NASA's Kepler work together to determine origins of supernova  PHYS.ORG · 7 days
Astronomers at Las Cumbres Observatory (LCO) are part of an international team of scientists who used NASA's Kepler satellite to catch a rare glimpse of a... more
A New Way to Create Saturn’s Radiation Belts  ASTRO WATCH · 1 week
A team of international scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS), University of Iowa and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences... more
Study witnesses first moments of star dying in finest detail  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
An international research team including The Australian National University (ANU) has used the Kepler space telescope in coordination with ground-based telescopes to witness the first moments of a... more
Researchers discover surface of 'ultra-smooth' nanomaterial steeper than Austrian Alps  PHYS.ORG · 1 week
People can usually tell if something is rough or smooth by running their fingers along its surface. But what about things that are too small or too big... more
Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
About 56 million years ago, on an Earth so warm that palm trees graced the Arctic Circle, a mouse-sized primate known as... more
A new way to create Saturn's radiation belts  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Scientists have discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet Saturn. more
A new way to create Saturn's radiation belts  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A team of international scientists from BAS, University of Iowa and GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences has discovered a new method to explain how radiation belts are formed around the planet... more
NASA hears MarCO CubeSats loud and clear from Mars  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
NASA's MarCO mission was built to see whether two experimental, briefcase-sized spacecraft could survive the trip to deep space, and the two CubeSats proved more than able. After cruising along... more
NASA Hears MarCO CubeSats Loud and Clear from Mars  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
NASA's MarCO mission was built to see whether two experimental, briefcase-sized spacecraft could survive the trip to deep space, and the two CubeSats proved more than able. After cruising along... more
Elephant-Sized Dicynodont from Triassic Period Discovered: Lisowicia bojani  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Paleontologists in Poland have found fossil fragments from a giant new species of mammal-like reptile that walked the Earth approximately... more
NASA’s TESS Spacecraft Discovers New Hot-Jupiter: HD 2685b  SCI-NEWS.COM · 2 weeks
Astronomers using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) have discovered a hot-Jupiter exoplanet orbiting the early F-type star... more
Exoplanet mission launch slot announced  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, will target 15 October to 14 November 2019 for launch. more
'Solar Gravity Lens' Could Bring Exoplanets into Sharp Focus  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
An innovative deep-space concept that relies on a solar gravity lens to enable enhanced viewing of exoplanets is under study by researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and The Aerospace... more
TRAPPIST-1 Planet May Be Wet and Life-Friendly  SPACE.COM · 2 weeks
One of seven planets orbiting a small star, TRAPPIST-1, may be capable of supporting life as we know it on Earth, new climate models suggest. more
Newly Discovered 50-meter-wide Asteroid Passes by Earth  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
A newly detected asteroid, estimated to be about 50 meters in diameter, flew by Earth on Saturday, November 24, at around 9:40... more
Cheops Mission Launch Window Announced  ASTRO WATCH · 2 weeks
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, will target October 15 to November 14, 2019 for launch. Cheops will lift off on a Soyuz rocket operated by Arianespace... more
Exoplanet mission launch slot announced  ESA · 2 weeks
The Characterising Exoplanet Satellite, Cheops, will target 15 October to 14 November 2019 for launch. more
FCC Approves SpaceX, Telesat, LeoSat and Kepler Internet Constellations  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Nov. 15 to approve four proposed satellite constellations, authorizing nearly 8,000 small telecom satellites to serve U.S. entities from low Earth orbit. more
Powerful compact corkscrew antenna for Earth-observing missions  ESA · 3 weeks
A new high-power antenna the size and shape of a large ice cream cone will serve the data downlink needs of the... more
Exoplanet stepping stones  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astronomers have gleaned some of the best data yet on the composition of a planet known as HR 8799c—a young giant gas planet about 7 times the mass of Jupiter that orbits its star every 200 years. more
Exoplanet stepping stones  SCIENCE DAILY · 3 weeks
New observations of a young gas giant demonstrate the power of a ground-based method for searching for signatures of life. more
Oil extraction likely triggered mid-century earthquakes in L.A.  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
World War II-era oil pumping under Los Angeles likely triggered a rash of mid-sized earthquakes in the 1930s and 1940s, potentially leading seismologists to overestimate the earthquake potential in the region, according... more
Encouraging prospects for moon hunters  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Astrophysicists of the University of Zürich, ETH Zürich and the NCCR PlanetS show how the icy moons of Uranus were born. Their result suggests that such potentially habitable worlds are much more abundant in the Universe than previously... more
NASA picks ancient Martian river delta for 2020 rover touchdown  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
NASA has picked an ancient river delta as the landing site for its uncrewed Mars 2020 rover, to hunt for evidence of past life on Earth's neighboring planet,... more
Kepler telescope bids 'goodnight' with final commands  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
On the evening of Thursday, Nov. 15, NASA's Kepler space telescope received its final set of commands to disconnect communications with Earth. The "goodnight" commands finalize the spacecraft's transition into retirement, which began on... more
NASA's Kepler Planet-Hunting Telescope Put to Rest With Final Commands  Gadgets 360 · 3 weeks
Kepler's "goodnight" falls on the same date as the 388-year anniversary of the death of its namesake, German astronomer Johannes Kepler. more
Farewell, Kepler: NASA Shuts Down Prolific Planet-Hunting Space Telescope  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
NASA decommissioned the Kepler space telescope last night (Nov. 15), beaming "goodnight" commands to the sun-orbiting observatory. more
Newly Discovered House-Sized Asteroid Passes By Earth  ASTRO WATCH · 3 weeks
A newly detected house-sized asteroid, designated 2018 VX5, flew by the Earth on Wednesday, November 14, at around 4:37 UTC. The space... more
A super-Earth found in our stellar back yard  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The potential discovery of a planet orbiting Barnard's Star – the second closest stellar system to the sun – was announced by researchers today in Nature. more
Paris-Size Crater Found Hidden Under Greenland Ice  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Earth hides its scars well; the planet has endured countless millennia of eruptions and collisions, but scientists are still stumbling upon the evidence of all that geologic drama. more
Frozen Super-Earth Found Orbiting Barnard’s Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A potentially rocky super-Earth orbits one of our closest stellar neighbors, Barnard’s star, only 6 light-years away. Barnard’s star is a low-mass red dwarf... more
'Super-Earth' Discovered Orbiting Sun's Nearest Star  Gadgets 360 · 4 weeks
Astronomers studied Barnard's Star, a red dwarf just six light years away and noticed the presence of a "frozen, dimly lit world" at least 3.2 times heavier than Earth. more
Frozen 'super-Earth' could support life, experts say  Sky News · 4 weeks
A frozen "super-Earth" discovered six light years from Earth could be capable of harbouring life, scientists have said. more
Frigid planet detected orbiting nearby star  REUTERS · 4 weeks
A frozen and dimly lit planet, dubbed a "Super-Earth," may be orbiting the closest single star to our solar system, astronomers said on Wednesday,... more
Frozen super-Earth spotted around second nearest star system - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
It's called Barnard's star b, and while it might not be too hospitable, it's further proof planets are plentiful beyond our solar system. more
'Super-earth' discovered orbiting red dwarf known as 'Barnard's Star'  ABC NEWS · 4 weeks
The nearest single star to the sun that goes around it at least 3.2 times has been found to be as massive as earth, and it is called Super-Earth. more
Super-Earth Orbiting Barnard’s Star Found  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth — a so-called super-Earth. One of the largest... more
Frozen super-Earth exoplanet found in second closest star system - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
It's called Barnard's star b, and while it might not be too hospitable, it's further proof planets are plentiful beyond our solar system. more
Massive impact crater from a kilometer-wide iron meteorite discovered in Greenland  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
An international team has discovered a 31-km wide meteorite impact crater buried beneath the ice-sheet in the northern Greenland. This is the first time that a... more
Scientists Are '99 Percent' Sure There's a Huge Exoplanet Very Close to Our Solar System  LIVE SCIENCE · 4 weeks
Scientists think there's a giant new planet full of frozen water, and it's right down the cosmic street... more
Cold Super-Earth found orbiting closest single star to Sun  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
The nearest single star to the Sun hosts an exoplanet at least 3.2 times as massive as Earth -- a so-called super-Earth. One of the largest observing campaigns to date... more
Icy 'Super-Earth' Exoplanet Spotted Around Nearby Barnard's Star  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers have found compelling evidence of a frigid alien world about 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard's Star, a dim red dwarf that lies just 6 light-years from the sun. more
Barnard's Star b: What We Know About Nearby 'Super-Earth' Planet Candidate  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
There appears to be a cold "super-Earth" planet circling Barnard's Star, which lies just 6 light-years from the sun. Here's what you should know about the... more
Super-Earth Exoplanet Found Orbiting Barnard’s Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
A potentially rocky super-Earth exoplanet orbits one of our closest stellar neighbors, Barnard’s star, only 6 light-years away. Barnard’s star is a low-mass red... more
Newfound frozen super-Earth is second closest exoplanet - CNET  CNET · 4 weeks
It's called Barnard's star b, and while it might not be too hospitable, it's further proof planets are plentiful beyond our solar system. more
Astronomers discover super-Earth around Barnard's star  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Astronomers have discovered a planet in orbit around one of the closest stars to the Sun, Barnard's star. more
A cold ‘super-Earth’ may live around a nearby star  THE VERGE · 4 weeks
A planet three times more massive than Earth may be lurking around the second-closest star system to our... more
Direct observations of a planet orbiting a star 63 light-years away  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
In the past 30 years, the number of planets discovered beyond our solar system has grown exponentially. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of our technology, the... more
SPHERE Captures Young Exoplanet Beta Pictoris b Orbiting around Its Star  SCI-NEWS.COM · 4 weeks
Astronomers using the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research (SPHERE) instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope... more
Stunning Exoplanet Time-lapse  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured an unprecedented series of images showing the passage of the exoplanet Beta Pictoris b around its parent star. This young massive exoplanet was... more
How to drive a robot on Mars  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Some 78 million miles (126 million kilometers) from Earth, alone on the immense and frigid Red Planet, a robot the size of a small 4x4 wakes up just after sunrise. And just as it... more
NASA to support initial studies of privately funded Enceladus mission  SPACE NEWS · 1 month
NASA signed an agreement in September with a foundation to support initial studies of a privately... more
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Combination of space-based and ground-based telescopes reveals more than 100 exoplanets
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Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia
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Exoplanet mission launch slot announced
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The power of the wobble: Finding exoplanets in the shifting of starlight
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Encouraging prospects for moon hunters
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Kepler telescope bids 'goodnight' with final commands
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A super-Earth found in our stellar back yard
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Direct observations of a planet orbiting a star 63 light-years away
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