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Only 31 light-years away from Earth, the exoplanet GJ 357 d catches light from its host star GJ 357, in this artistic rendering. Credit: Jack Madden/Cornell University

TESS satellite uncovers ‘first nearby super-Earth’

NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) satellite has recently characterized the first nearby super-earth outside of our solar system- located at a distance of...
This infographic illustrates key features of the TOI 270 system, located about 73 light-years away in the southern constellation Pictor. The three known planets were discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite through periodic dips in starlight caused by each orbiting world. Insets shows information about the planets, including their correct relative sizes, and how they compare to Earth. Temperatures given for TOI 270 planets are equilibrium temperatures, calculated without the warming effects of any possible atmospheres. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Scott Wiessinger

NASA’s TESS discovered three new planets nearby, including temperate ‘sub-Neptune’

NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has discovered three new planets that are among the smallest, nearest exoplanets known to date.
An animated map that shows where in the night sky more than 4,000 extrasolar planets are. Matt Russo and Andrew Santaguida/SYSTEM Sounds (via YouTube)

NASA just released stunning video map of all 4,000 exoplanets

Exoplanets are a subject of interest for astronomers since they orbit various stars, but because they can potentially harbor life. A few exoplanets found...
International research team discovers two new Earth-like planets near Teegarden's star/ Image: University of Göttingen

Researchers discover two new Earth-like exoplanets near Teegarden’s star

An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has discovered two Earth-like planets in our cosmic backyard, and both appear so similar...
Jack O’Malley-James/Cornell University The intense radiation environments around nearby M stars could favor habitable worlds resembling younger versions of Earth.

Nearest exoplanets could host life, study

Excitement about exoplanets skyrocketed when rocky Earth-like planets were discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of some of our closest stars – until hopes...
The Taurus Molecular Cloud, pictured here by ESA's Herschel Space Observatory, is a star-forming region about 450 light-years away. The image frame covers roughly 14 by 16 light-years and shows the glow of cosmic dust in the interstellar material that pervades the cloud, revealing an intricate pattern of filaments dotted with a few compact, bright cores -- the seeds of future stars. Credit: ESA/Herschel/PACS, SPIRE/Gould Belt survey Key Programme/Palmeirim et al. 2013

Unknown treasure trove of planets found hiding in dust

A new study has found that Super-Earths and Neptune-sized planets could be forming around young stars. Observing a sampling of youthful planets in a star-forming...
This artist’s impression shows the view just above the surface of one of the middle planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system, with the glare of the host star illuminating the rocky surface. At least seven planets orbit this ultracool dwarf star 40 light-years from Earth and they are all roughly the same size as the Earth. They are at the right distances from their star for liquid water to exist on the surfaces of several of them. This artist’s impression is based on the known physical parameters for the planets and stars seen, and uses a vast database of objects in the Universe. Credit: ESO/N. Bartmann

Solar model used to predict exoplanet’s ability to withstand stellar wind

A group with individuals from foundations over the U.S. has utilized a current solar model to anticipate the capacity of exoplanets to withstand limited...
An overview of the past, present, and future of research on remotely detectable biosignatures (Reprinted with permission from Astrobiology, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., New Rochelle, NY.)

New strategies to discover life beyond Earth

Researchers currently think we might have the capacity to identify indications of life on planets beyond our solar system in the following couple of...
These images show the sunlit side of Earth in 10 different wavelengths of light that fall within the infrared, visible and ultraviolet ranges; the images are representational-color, because not all of these wavelengths are visible to the human eye. Each wavelength highlights different features of the planet -- for example, the continent of Africa is visible in the lower right image, but is nearly invisible in the upper left image. These observations were obtained by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) instrument onboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, satellite, on Aug. 2, 2017. Credit: NASA/NOAA

NASA uses earth as laboratory to study distant worlds

In order to study exoplanets, scientists are trying their best to provide answers to big questions about our place in the universe, and whether...