Even though Kepler’s primary mission ended three years ago, the data it collected just revealed a mother lode: 1,284 newly confirmed planets.
Light’s finite speed helped astronomers pinpoint the location of the “inner wall” of the disk of dust and gas that’s feeding a fast-growing baby star.
Astronomers just discovered three planets, two of which are roughly the size of Earth, orbiting a dim nearby dwarf star. Their proximity makes their atmospheres ripe for observing.
Yuri Milner commits $100 million to Breakthrough Starshot, a research and development project toward sending interstellar nanoprobes to Alpha Centauri.
A new thermal map of a super-Earth exoplanet is puzzling astronomers.
Professional and amateur astronomers working together have found a young exoplanet in the Hyades star cluster. The planet is weirdly large, given its host star.
New observations from the Hubble Space Telescope are helping characterize the atmospheres of exotic planets such as 55 Cancri e.
The Pale Red Dot Initiative has begun the search in earnest for exoplanets orbiting the nearest star to Earth besides the Sun.
Astronomers studying hot Jupiter exoplanets revealed when and how clouds form on these alien worlds.
A new study shows that about half of Kepler’s giant exoplanet candidates aren’t real planets. But astronomers expected this.
Astronomers at the Extreme Solar Systems III conference announced several exciting results this week.
Astronomers have detected debris around a white dwarf that might be from one or more disintegrating rocky planets.
The Kepler spacecraft recorded a bunch of irregular dimmings around one of its target stars, designated KIC 8462852. No natural phenomenon explains the dips well.
When astronomers went searching for the planets that must exist around HL Tau, they came up empty — and future searches may not fare much better.
Unexplained ripples have been found racing through a dusty disk.
The Gemini Planet Imager has discovered its first exoplanet, a young Jupiter still glowing with the heat of its formation.
As the IAU General Assembly in Hawaii'i draws to a close, the results were still coming in: a new bevy of dwarf galaxies discovered around the Milky Way, the celebration of the first Dark-Sky Sanctuary, and a new directly imaged exoplanet to boot.
Do sunspots affect climate change? How can you name an exoplanet? Here are the latest results from the world's largest astronomy conference.
Super-Earth HD 219134b is just 21 light-years away, orbiting a nearby orange star that you can see from your backyard.
Astronomers have confirmed the existence of an exoplanet found via microlensing — the first time they’ve been able to successfully follow up on this method.
The Kepler team announced today the discovery of Kepler-452b, an Earth-size planet in the “goldilocks” zone around a Sun-like star. But is it Earthlike?
Astronomers have confirmed that the planet Gliese 436b seems to be trailing a gigantic, comet-like cloud of hydrogen.
Researchers identify titanium oxide as a potential molecule at work in exoplanet atmospheres.
Recent research casts doubt on whether nearby Kapteyn b, a supposed super-Earth circling in its star’s habitable zone, is a planet at all.
New analysis of Kepler observations shows that hot Jupiters' temperatures might predict their weather report.