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This scorching exoplanet is hotter than most stars

There is no air conditioning for temperatures up to 7,800 degrees.

Proof that planets are more like stars than we thought

OTS44 defies theory with its peculiarly astral accretion disk.

What TRAPPIST-1's freezing outermost planet could tell us

This exoplanet is always way below zero, but it could heat up theories about planetary formation.

This immense 'Styrofoam' planet could help solve a huge mystery
May 19, 2017

KELT-11b has the density of Styrofoam, which may help explain extremely inflated exoplanets.

Jupiter's volcanic moon Io is the Mordor of the solar system
May 17, 2017

Sauron would have wanted this fiery Jovian moon for his summer home.

MAVEN is finding out how Mars lost its atmosphere
Apr 13, 2017

Atmospheric ions detected by the spacecraft are telling us why they’ve been escaping.

How ancient observations could prevent a global blackout
Apr 7, 2017

Ancient eyewitness accounts of aurorae may help us predict the next solar storm.

Your space weather forecast: Proxima B
Apr 6, 2017

Weird weather could help astronomers understand the stellar phenomenon behind it.

See our galaxy as it was billions of years ago
Apr 5, 2017

Observing galaxies billions of light-years away is like looking through a portal at the birth of our own.

Found: lost planet
Apr 3, 2017

An unexpected computer error has brought a new exoplanet out of hiding.

This new technology could find E.T.
Mar 31, 2017

If E.T. is phoning home, how do we phone E.T.? Researchers at Caltech’s or ET Lab—Exoplanet Technology Laboratory—may have the answer.

Weird signals from space may be stranger than sci-fi
Mar 27, 2017

Could fast radio bursts be powering alien starships? These scientists seem to think so.  

Undead astro-photos are being reanimated—by you
Mar 27, 2017

With Astronomy Rewind, you could be in on the next big cosmic discovery.

This space oddity is science, not fiction
Mar 23, 2017

CFBDSIR 2149-0403 may not be a flying saucer, scientists are baffled as to whether it is a planet or a star. 

Saturn's moon Titan could turn life upside down
Mar 18, 2017

The presence of prebiotic organic compounds on Titan is slowly changing scientists’ idea of where life could possibly survive.