NASA Joins ESA's 'ARIEL' Mission to Study Atmospheres of Hot Exoplanets

Artist’s concept of the ARIEL spacecraft on its way to Lagrange Point 2 (L2). Image Credit: ESA/STFC RAL Space/UCL/Europlanet-Science Office

Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered so far – just over 4,000 now actually – with thousands more expected to be found in the near future. But these worlds are very far away, so […]

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Now Fully Assembled for 2021 Launch

View od the fully assembled James Webb Space Telescope. The sunshield and unitized pallet structures (UPSs) that fold up around the telescope for launch, are partially deployed to enable telescope installation. Photo Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) just took another big step towards completion, as the two halves it was […]

NASA's TESS Mission Wraps Up First Year of Exoplanet Hunting

TESS has already discovered nearly 1,000 exoplanet candidates and 24 confirmed exoplanets so far, in its first year. Image Credit: Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA’s TESS mission (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has now completed the first year of its search for exoplanets and has already racked up some great discoveries, it was announced on […]

Hubble and Kepler Telescopes May Have Just Found The First Exomoon, 8000 Light-Years Away

Artist’s concept of what the Kepler-1625b planet-moon system might look like. Image Credit: Dan Durda

Exoplanets – planets orbiting other stars – have been found by the thousands now, with many more to come. But what about exomoons? So far there haven’t been any confirmed yet, and they are much more difficult to […]

Kepler Enters Hibernation Mode, Downlinks Latest Science Data Before Fuel Runs Out

Artist’s conception of the Kepler Space Telescope in space. Fuel is now running very low and the spacecraft has downlinked its latest science data to Earth. Image Credit: NASA/AP

The end is nigh – that appears to be the case at least for NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope which is now running very low […]

PHOTOS: SpaceX Launches TESS on Hunt for Earths Around Other Stars

Liftoff of NASA’s planet-hunting TESS spacecraft on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket April 18, 2018. Photo Credit: John Studwell / AmericaSpace

A spacecraft on a quest to discover Earth-like and potentially habitable worlds in other solar systems around other stars took to space on April 18, 2018, riding atop a shiny new SpaceX […]

SpaceX to Launch NASA's TESS Spacecraft Monday in Quest to Discover Other Earths

Conceptualized artist’s illustration of TESS in space. Image Credit: MIT

The discovery of thousands of exoplanets in recent years is one of the most exciting developments in space exploration, and the future promises the detection of thousands more. Many of those have come from the Kepler Space Telescope, including Earth-sized planets in the […]

NASA's Next Exoplanet-Hunter, TESS, Arrives at Kennedy Space Center Ahead of Launch

Artist’s illustration of TESS in space. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

NASA is getting closer to taking the next big step in exoplanet-hunting – the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) space telescope has just arrived at Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for launch no earlier than April 16. It was […]

Astronomers Discover Distant Exoplanets in a 'Galaxy Far, Far Away'

Image of the gravitational lens galaxy RXJ 1131-1231, with the lens galaxy at the center and four smaller lensed background quasars. Image Credit: University of Oklahoma

Thousands of exoplanets have been discovered so far, of many different types, but they all share one thing in common: they have all been found in our […]

Kepler Space Telescope Discovers First Evidence for Exocomets Transiting Their Stars

Artist’s conception of a “storm” of comets orbiting a nearby star. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Comets, those icy and rocky bodies with the spectacular long tails of gas and dust, are common in our Solar System, with several thousand having been discovered so far. But what about other solar systems? Thousands of exoplanets are […]