Astronomers find an atmosphere around a nearby Earth-sized exoplanet! But what's it made of?

Astronomers found an atmosphere around a nearby super-Venus exoplanet! Don't pack your bags just yet: It's 390 trillion kilometers away, and hot enough there to melt lead.

Exoplanet news: SEVEN Earth-sized planets found orbiting a nearby star!
Feb 22, 2017

Astronomers have found an astonishing seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a single star just 40 light-years away! This is one of the most common kinds of stars in the galaxy, implying systems like this may outnumber our own.

Pack your things, NASA has discovered the most Earth-like planet yet
Jul 26, 2015

Amazing news has come our way through the lens of the Kepler space telescope.

Earth is now on the edge of the habitable zone for life
Jan 29, 2013

Earth is pretty good at supporting life, but according to a new estimate of what constitues a planetary "habitable zone," it looks like our planet (and perhaps many others) is only barely in the right place.

Astronomers may have just found a planet we could really live on
Jan 14, 2013

A few months ago, scientists predicted that it would take two more years until we found another habitable planet somewhere out there. Well, one team of astronomers may have just shattered that prediction, because the planet they just found looks very promising and very Earth-like.

Scientists say 2013 is the year we'll find another Earth
Jan 14, 2013

With hundreds of planets now detected in orbit around other stars, and more of them displaying possible Earth-like characteristics, scientists say that 2013 will be the year we finally discover another Earth.