Astronomers spot planets outside Milky Way for the first time

For the first time, scientists have discovered planets in galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Using data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, a team of astrophysicists from the University of Oklahoma identified the extragalactic planets about 3.8 billion light-years away. The space observatory helped scientists find about 2,000 objects with

Astronomers don’t understand newly discovered “hot Jupiter’

Studying distant planets has helped scientists better explain how the universe ticks, but sometimes a discovery produces more questions than it answers. Such is the case with a far-off star called CoRoT-2 and the gigantic gaseous planet that closely orbits it. The planet, called CoRoT-2b, is considered a

Biologists believe finding viruses is first step to finding aliens

The viruses are probably out there. Viruses are considered one of Earth’s most abundant organisms – about 10 to 100 times more plentiful than anything else on Earth. But they’re also one of the least understood. One team of scientists think that other planets could be teeming with these cellular

Scientists find ice below Mars’ surface

WASHINGTON – Scientists using images from an orbiting NASA spacecraft have detected eight sites where huge ice deposits near the Martian surface are exposed on steep slopes, a potential source of water that could help sustain future human outposts. While scientists already knew that about a third of the

The 5 craziest things we learned about the universe in 2017

In the search for answers, the universe usually only gives us more questions. And those questions are becoming as infinite as the cosmos themselves. From Mars’ magnetic tail to inexplicable booms heard around the world to mounting evidence that a “Planet Nine” exists, these stories prove that the more we

We may not have the biggest solar system anymore

We should have kept Pluto a planet! More On: nasa This new island could help scientists understand life on Mars NASA thinks Pluto may be hiding a vast ocean ISS astronauts throw pizza party in zero gravity NASA unveils new robot that will hunt for Martian life Our solar system is now engaged in a

New discovery boosts possibility of life on Jupiter’s moon

Europa has more water than Earth. But the frozen moon of Jupiter is just one quarter its size. Now astrophysicists have discovered Europa has something else we do: tectonic activity. And that could be a major boost in the likelihood of life evolving in the oceans between its fiery core and

This is the latest Earth-like planet that could possibly support life

Scientists have discovered a supersized version of Earth that could host life on a distant galaxy. The planet, named K2-18b, has been dubbed a rocky “super earth” that orbits a sun-like star. And it’s positioned in a solar sweet spot — making it possible to host life-giving liquid water. Researchers at

Nearby “Goldilocks’ planet has everything it could need to support life

Ross 128b: It’s the latest best address in intergalactic real estate. It’s Earth-sized. It sits in a “Goldilocks Zone” where it’s neither too hot, nor too cold, for liquid water. The star it orbits is gentle and calm. It’s just 11 light years away. And getting closer. Now it’s the focus of attention

This planet is so huge it might not even be a planet

Even if you have only cursory knowledge of the planets in our Solar System, you know that Earth is on the smaller end of the spectrum in terms of mass. Mercury and Mars are even smaller, but Saturn and the mighty Jupiter, of course, are on the other

You can now explore the solar system with Google Maps

When it comes to maps, Google has already conquered Earth. Whether you need a bird’s eye view of your neighborhood or a street-level glimpse at a storefront half the world away, Google can deliver it in seconds. So it’s no wonder that after doing pretty much everything it possibly can

NASA says it’s hard to ignore the evidence of a “Planet Nine’

We might not actually know how many planets are in our solar system — and no, this isn’t a trick regarding Pluto’s status. For years, scientists have wondered if there might be a larger, planet-sized body lurking in or around the thick layer of debris called the Kuiper Belt and

There’s a huge egg with a ring floating around our solar system

Some of the most exciting new discoveries in space come from far, far away, thanks to telescopes capable of detecting exoplanets that are so distant we’d likely never be able to actually visit them, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still some pretty interesting stuff here in our own Solar

It’s unlikely this “hidden’ planet is about to destroy Earth

A conspiracy theorist and author says we’re all about to die thanks to the arrival of a hidden planet NASA hasn’t warned us about and he thinks the proof has been hidden in the Great Pyramid of Giza. The planet, called Nibiru (or sometimes “Planet X”) has been fodder for

Evidence of water discovered on nearby exoplanets

If you’ve been remaining hopeful that humanity will find evidence of extraterrestrial life within your lifetime, scientists at the Geneva Observatory have some extremely good news. A study of the nearby TRAPPIST-1 planetary system — you remember, it’s the one that scientists freaked out about earlier this year — has

On Uranus and Neptune, it can rain diamonds

Following up on a long-held theory that intense pressure within the ice giants of our solar system could lead to “diamond rain,” researchers were able to simulate the conditions they believe exist deep within our planetary neighbors Uranus and Neptune and proved that it’s actually possible. The experiment, which was carried

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just began its death dive into Saturn

NASA’s incredibly successful Cassini probe has delivered a wealth of information about Saturn and its many moons during its 13+ years hanging around the planet, but all good things must come to an end. An end is exactly what Cassini will experience in September when it burns up in Saturn’s

Is this “smoke vortex’ a sign of alien life?

Alien hunters say a fresh sighting of​ a mysterious black ring in the sky shows earthlings may not be alone in the galaxy. The latest “smoke vortex” – believed by some to be a Unidentified Flying Object — was seen by Kimberley Robinson, who was driving in Yorkshire, England Sunday with

Scientists find more evidence that mysterious “Planet Nine’ exists

Scientists are claiming to have found more proof that a planet 10 times the size of Earth is lurking beyond Pluto. The enigmatic ice planet is believed to be so massive that one year there would last around 20,000 Earth years. Theories surrounding the mysterious Planet Nine came to light last year

NASA shows us Jupiter as we’ve never seen it before

These photos are out of this world! NASA just released new photos of Jupiter that show the closest look we’ve ever had of the planet’s “Great Red Spot.” The snaps, taken from the space agency’s Juno space probe and released Wednesday, captured the gas giant’s planet-sized storm from 5,600 miles away, CNN

Researchers looking for alien life just got some bad news

By using Earth and our sun as a reference, scientists have spent decades honing in on the conditions required for a planet to support life. The identification of the so-called “Goldilocks zone,” which is the area around a star in which liquid water can exist on the surface of a

NASA debunks Anonymous’ claim of alien life discovery

Last week a YouTube video purportedly posted by hacker collective Anonymous said NASA was set to announce the discovery of intelligent alien life. However, that’s untrue! “While we’re excited about the latest findings from NASA’s Kepler space observatory, there’s no pending announcement regarding extraterrestrial life. For years NASA has expressed interest in

Newly discovered exoplanet is so hot it may evaporate

Here in our own planetary system, humanity has spent the vast majority of its time studying planets that are rather chilly. Jupiter, Saturn, and even Mars range from cold to downright frigid. But now, researchers have discovered an exoplanet so unbelievably hot that it’s actually really difficult to even imagine

Hunting For Alien Civilizations: SETI To Survey A Million Star Systems In Next 20 Years

Technological advances in telescopes, observational equipment, and computers are at the forefront of what portends to be rapid advancements in the continuing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, scientists told House lawmakers last week. Such developments in the next 20 years will enable the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute and other