An artist’s impression of a sunset on Gliese 667 Cc, a habitable Super Earth-sized planet around the triple star system Gliese 667, located 22 light-years away from Earth. Are views, such as this envisioned here, common on planets around red dwarfs stars in the galaxy? Image Credit: ESO/L. Calçada
“Call them the Firstborn. [...]
Illustration showing multiple-transiting planetary systems, such as those found by Kepler. Image Credit: NASA
There was more exciting exoplanet news this week from the Kepler mission: the space telescope has confirmed 715 new exoplanets! This brings the current total number of such worlds to 1,766, of which 961 have been found by Kepler. There are [...]
From the European Space Agency (ESA): “The PLAnetary Transits and Oscillations of stars (PLATO) mission will identify and study thousands of exoplanetary systems, with an emphasis on discovering and characterising Earth-sized planets and super-Earths. It will also investigate seismic activity in stars, enabling a precise characterisation of the host sun of each planet discovered, [...]
The European Space Agency’s PLATO mission aims to discover and characterize hundreds of Earth-sized exoplanets inside the habitable zones of approximately 1 million stars. The mission is likely to be approved for implementation by ESA during an announcement due for next week. Image Credit: PLATO Definition Study Report/ESA
The European Space Agency’s Science [...]
Artist’s conception of one of the newly-found planets in the Messier 67 star cluster. Image Credit: ESO
Three more exoplanets have just been found, adding to a long and rapidly growing list, but their location makes them a bit more unique - they orbit three different stars in a star cluster rather than other isolated stars [...]
Artist’s impression of an exoplanet with a mass approximately 3.6 times that of Earth, discovered orbiting just inside of the habitable zone of the Sun-like star HD 85512. Are “Super-Earths” such as this the most promising candidates for harboring extraterrestrial life? Image Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser
“For there is a single general space, a single [...]
Segments of the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror, while undergoing cryogenic testing. Image: Ball Aerospace
In what constitutes important and exciting news for space science and astrophysics, the final segments of the primary mirror for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) have been delivered to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
An artist’s concept of extrasolar planet HD 209458b. A recent study discovered traces of water in the planet’s atmosphere, using the Hubble Space Telescope. Image Credit: NASA.
In a big step forward for exoplanet research, two teams of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope were able to conclusively identify traces of water in [...]
A comparison of planetary system KOI-351 with our own Solar System. Image Credit: German Aerospace Center.
“Second star to the right, and straight on ’till morning.”
— Captain James T. Kirk, ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’ (1991).
It is unclear which types of planets did the fictional Enterprise crew discover around the [...]
What a wonderful and amazing Scheme have we here of the magnificent Vastness of the Universe! So many Suns, so many Earths, and every one of them stock’d with so many Herbs, Trees and Animals, and adorn’d with so many Seas and Mountains! And how must our wonder and admiration be encreased [...]