Direct imaging of exoplanets was once only possible for the brightest of planets orbiting the dimmest of stars — but improving technology is turning this into an increasingly powerful technique. In a new study, direct-imaging observations of the Jupiter-like exoplanet 51 Eridani b provide tantalizing clues about its atmosphere.
The most comprehensive and detailed exoplanet catalog released yet marks the end of an era for Kepler, the planet-hunting telescope.
Astronomers announce the discovery of bloated gas giant KELT-9b, the hottest "hot Jupiter" exoplanet known orbiting a short-lived massive star.
The possible discovery of a massive ringed planet in Orion needs confirmation — and amateur astronomers can help.
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of the seventh planet around the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1.
Astronomers have detected water in the cloud-free skies of "warm Neptune" HAT-P-26b, a clue in the larger mystery of how these planets formed.
Astronomers have discovered an "iceball Earth" orbiting a star 13,000 light-years away. Multiple eyes on the sky have revealed some of this world's secrets.
The MEarth exoplanet survey nabs LHS 1140 b, a rocky planet transiting its host star just 41 light-years distant.
The star with seven exoplanets puts out enough high-energy radiation to tear away the inner planets’ atmospheres in a few billion years.
Hankering to discover new solar systems or understand our own? These citizen science projects and public data troves will help you fill your free time.
Astronomers have found seven Earth-sized planets around a cool red dwarf, all of which have the potential for liquid surface water.
A unique method reveals the influence of a planet within the stellar disk around TW Hydrae.
Astronomers suspect the Sun’s closest stellar neighbor desiccated its potentially rocky exoplanet, destroying the planet’s chances for habitability.
From the discovery of gravitational waves to the building evidence that a massive planet could exist beyond Pluto, it has been a thrilling year for astronomy research. We recap.
Three teams of astronomers used the SPHERE instrument on the Very Large Telescope to image protoplanetary disks around nearby stars and catch planet formation in action.
A young pair of stars hosts three potentially planet-forming disks, and all three of them are wildly tilted with respect to each other.
Observations confirm that the closest star to our solar system has a regular magnetic cycle similar to our Sun.
Dust and gas between stars would pose a threat to spacecraft en route from Earth to the Alpha Centauri system — and scientists are seriously considering the problem now that the prospect of interstellar travel is no longer sci-fi.
Astronomers have discovered a planet in the habitable zone of the closest star to the Sun.
Kepler’s K2 mission has confirmed 104 new exoplanets — including a rocky, four-planet system.
Astronomers have discovered a giant planet with an exceptionally wide orbit in a young system of three suns.
Kepler-108 is the first system observed with really wonky orbits, which may be a result of giant planets bumping into each other.
A recent glut of exoplanet research reveals the early chaos that helped shape planetary systems.
Astronomers re-analyzed two-year-old data from the ALMA observatory in Chile and discovered gas gaps that probably indicate baby planets in the disk around a young star.
A high-resolution ALMA image of the HR 8799 planetary disk suggests undiscovered planet.