Items tagged with exoplanet

NASA's Webb space telescope has revealed an exoplanet's atmosphere in a way never seen before. The highly-advanced telescope viewed the molecular and chemical profile of a distant planet's atmosphere, giving scientists and astronomers an idea of how clouds of this nature may look up close. The James Webb Space... Read more...
A NASA-funded team has created a new model that explains the scarcity of planets with masses between super-Earths and mini-Neptunes. The new model aims to explain two puzzling observations that continually appear among the more than 3,800 planetary systems cataloged to date. As scientists and astronomers... Read more...
An international team of researchers have discovered two super-Earth exoplanets, and one of them may be habitable. One of the planets is located at a distance from its star which potentially means it could hold liquid water on its surface. The vast majority of exoplanets discovered so far have not proven to be good... Read more...
Astronomers were able to detect a Jupiter sized exoplanet by tracing a nearly indistinguishable wobble of the star it orbits. By using the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), astronomers produced the first-ever 3 dimensional structure of the orbits of a binary pair of stars and a planet orbiting one of them. According... Read more...
NASA's Webb telescope has captured its first ever direct image of a planet outside our own solar system. Exoplanet HIP 65426 b is a massive gas planet, about 12 times the size of Jupiter. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) continues to capture images never before seen. While still under the peer-review process... Read more...
Astronomers may have discovered the youngest planet ever found in our galaxy. The planet is thought to be orbiting AS 209, a young star in the Ophiuchus constellation estimated to be just about 1.6 million years young. Research recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters using the Atacama Large... Read more...
As NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) nears readiness, the space agency is already preparing a list of exhilarating targets. One of those targets is a super-hot super-Earth where lava rain falls into molten oceans. JWST is just weeks away from full operation, according to a post on NASA's website. The space... Read more...
In two new studies, Hubble astronomers have identified freakish weather conditions on two Jupiter-sized exoplanets. On one planet it is raining vaporized rock, while on another its upper atmosphere is getting hotter rather than cooler. When temperatures here on Earth begin reaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit and above... Read more...
Sister, sister? Jupiter may have a far distant twin. A planet that was recently discovered through data from the Kepler telescope is incredibly similar to our own Jupiter. While hard to tell in the image above, what you're looking at are color images showing the field around an exoplanet named K2-2016-BLG-0005Lb... Read more...
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has captured evidence of a Jupiter-like protoplanet forming through an “intense and violent” process. The discovery seems to support a highly argued theory for how a planet like Jupiter forms, called “disk instability.” Planets are created from material that originated in a... Read more...
A 30 year journey of exploring beyond our own solar system has led to the discovery of over 5,000 exoplanets, as confirmed by NASA yesterday. The count surpassed the 5,000 milestone after the latest batch of 65 exoplanets were added to the NASA Exoplanet Archive. While the question of whether or not we are alone in... Read more...
A rare exoplanet that orbits two suns like the planet Tatooine in Star Wars has been detected by an unusual method for the first time. Specifically, Kepler-16b has been detected by a ground-based telescope. If someone were to mention a planet with two suns, Star Wars fans may recall a scene where Luke Skywalker... Read more...
A team of astronomers have found evidence of an exoplanet orbiting the closest star to our own Sun. The discovery was made using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope (ESO's VLT) in Chile. Last year NASA used a deep learning AI to discover 301 exoplanets that human eyes had previously missed. The... Read more...
Thanks to a new deep neural network called ExoMiner, NASA has added a whopping 301 exoplanets that human eyes had missed. These exoplanets have been added to the 4,569 other planets that have been validated by NASA. NASA scientists, astronomers and researchers are always on the lookout for new exoplanets that may... Read more...
NASA is always on the lookout for signs of life beyond Earth and new planets it could exist on. Astronomers at NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory may have discovered a new planet the size of Saturn in another galaxy (far, far away). NASA has recently been crunching new data coming in from its probe Juno currently... Read more...