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NASA’s TESS spacecraft has spotted 2,200 new worlds

March 29th, 2021

It wasn’t all that long ago that humans didn’t even know for sure if planets existed outside of our solar system. We can see stars, of course, but spotting planets orbiting those stars? Well, that was impossible for a very long time. It’s only in recent decades that technology has reached a point that allows …

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If you’re eager to find aliens, this is great news

November 10th, 2020

A new study suggests that habitable exoplanets may be plentiful in our home galaxy, The Milky Way. Researchers crunched data on thousands of exoplanets that were discovered using NASA’s Kepler space telescope. Unfortunately, while future advancements in telescope technology may allow us to spot habitable worlds, we likely won’t be able to visit them for …

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Planets made of diamond may be hanging out in the cosmos

September 14th, 2020

Researchers theorize that, under the right conditions, carbon-rich exoplanets could generate huge quantities of diamonds beneath their surface. The recipe including heat, pressure, carbon, water, and time results in diamonds, and some planets are likely to have the right combination. These planets are most likely not habitable but may be worth visiting for the resources.  …

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NASA’s exoplanet hunter finished its mission… sort of

August 12th, 2020

NASA’s TESS, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, has completed its primary mission and will now move on to an extended mission where it will continue to hunt for new worlds. TESS has already spotted at least 66 new planets, and scientists are working to confirm the discovery of another 2,100 or so. The spacecraft will …

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This is the first-ever image of an alien multi-planet system

July 22nd, 2020

Researchers at the European Southern Observatory have captured the first-ever images of a planetary system with multiple exoplanets. The system revolves around a star that is a lot like our sun, only younger. Observing these alien systems will teach scientists how systems like our own formed and evolved over time. The technology of detecting exoplanets …

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Alien life may thrive on dusty planets, researchers say

June 11th, 2020

Researchers suggest exoplanets with dusty atmospheres may have a better shot at supporting life on their surfaces. Planets with dusty atmospheres may have more stable temperatures on their surfaces, which is a big deal when it comes to life. Unfortunately, while dust may help life take root, it may also obscure our view of a …

exoplanet habitability

This formula will ‘decode’ the habitability of exoplanets

May 19th, 2020

Scientists from Cornell University have developed a model to “decode” the habitability of distant exoplanets. By taking into account the color of the planet as it appears from a distance and the light of the start it is orbiting, scientists can calculate the likelihood that the surface is comfortable for life. New exoplanet-hunting telescopes will …