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NASA travel poster for Kepler-16b crop

Boffins open 'space travel bureau': Come relax on exoplanet Kepler-16b, says NASA

Pics NASA appears to be transforming itself into an intergalactic travel agency after issuing a series of cheery posters of exoplanets. "Kepler-186f is the first Earth-size planet discovered in the potentially 'habitable zone' around another star, where liquid water could exist on the planet's surface," said NASA's blurb. Visit …

ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

The discovery of new planets likely to be able to support life along Earthly lines has been announced, with one of the most promising candidates for alien and/or human habitability located just 470 light-years away. The new exoplanets have been discovered by analysis of data from the Kepler space telescope, and bear the tags …
Lewis Page, 7 Jan 2015
NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image of the Moon

Astronomers spot hint of first EXOMOON, possibly

Thanks to the work of the Kepler space telescope and Earth-bound observations, we have now caught sight of nearly 2,000 exoplanets: planetary bodies orbiting distant stars. But now astronomers think they've caught the first sighting of an exomoon orbiting one of these distant planets. Planetary moons are relatively common in …
Iain Thomson, 11 Apr 2014
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European Space Agency: PLATO will seek out 'ADVANCED LIFE forms'... 'SLIME'

The European Space Agency is planning to launch its own planet-hunting observatory in 2024, after the mission was chosen for the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. Exoplanets The Planetary Transits and Oscillations of stars, or PLATO, mission has been chosen to monitor relatively nearby stars, searching for the tiny dips in …
Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67

Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

Boffins have located an alien world orbiting a solar twin to our own Sun for the first time. Artist's impression of an exoplanet orbiting a star in the cluster Messier 67 Astronomers using the European Southern Observatory's HARPS planet hunter in Chile and other telescopes around the world have found three such planets in …
Artist's impression of a cloudy exoplanet

Alien SUPER-EARTH: If there is LIFE up there, it'll be moaning about the weather

Two of the most common type of planets found in the Milky Way galaxy are cloudy, damp super-worlds, according to data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Artist's impression of a cloudy exoplanet Boffins have been trying for some time to figure discern what sort of atmospheres surround two planets: GJ 436b, which is 36 light …

Astroboffins spot HOT, YOUNG GIANT where she doesn't belong

Pix An international team of astroboffins has spotted an enormous exoplanet with such an improbably large orbit around its host star that it could turn cosmological theory on its head. Artist's conception of exoplanet HD 106906 b No this isn't a Hubble snap with lens flare, it's an artist's conception of the newly discovered …
Rik Myslewski, 6 Dec 2013

Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

Four hundred light-years away in the constellation Cygnus there lies a G-type star very much like our own Sun. Orbiting it is a world scientists believe is very similar to Earth in both size and composition. This faraway planet, discovered by the Kepler space telescope and so dubbed Kepler-78b, is not a potential second home …
Lewis Page, 31 Oct 2013
Jupiterlike low mass exoplanet GJ 504b

Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

Astronomers have detected a low-mass giant planet that challenges existing theories about how bigger worlds are formed. Jupiterlike low mass exoplanet GJ 504b Artist's impression ... the Jupiter-like low-mass exoplanet GJ 504b The Jupiter-sized world, dubbed GJ 504b, was found much further out in its star's orbit than a …
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Boffins spot 7 ALIEN WORLDS right in our galactic backyard

Boffins are putting together a new catalogue of all the confirmed planets that could harbour extraterrestrial life, with seven worlds in our Milky Way making the list so far. Seven worlds in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog, a project of the Planetary Habitability Lab at the University of …
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Swollen SUPER-GIGANTO PLANET sighted in Andromeda

A gigantic super-planet has been snapped by astroboffins orbiting the massive star Kappa Andromedae. Artist's impression of Kappa And b The super-Jupiter dwarfs any of the planets found in the Solar System, with a mass at least 13 times that of Jupiter and an orbit that is larger than Neptune's. Its host star - Kappa …
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DOCTOR WHO world, or Magrathea, SPOTTED* orbiting twin suns

Astroboffins have spotted a real-universe analogue of Doctor Who's Time Lord home world Gallifrey - or alternatively the luxury-planet-builders' planet Magrathea of Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy fame - spinning in space around twin suns. And one of them is in a sweet spot distance from its stars to allow life to inhabit it …
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Boffins: We are VAPORISING the Earth... for science

A group of scientists have been practising blowing the Earth into smithereens. Planet imploding Whooooooooomph.... BOOM! The astroboffins, who claim they are doing it for scientific reasons, have used a computer simulation to vaporise our home planet. "We scientists are not content just to talk about vaporising the Earth …
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Billions of potentially populated planets in the galaxy

There are billions of habitable planets in the Milky Way where aliens could be having their tea right now, according to a new six-year study. "Our results show that planets orbiting around stars are more the rule than the exception. In a typical solar system approximately four planets have their orbits in the terrestrial zone …
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Potential ALIEN LIFE habitats FOUND ON MOONS

International boffins, poring over the results from mighty telescopes both spacegoing and ground-bound, say they have identified at least 16 potentially habitable Earth-like planets orbiting other stars: and at least 30 potentially habitable moons along the lines of the scientifictional Endor and Pandora, orbiting planets in …
Lewis Page, 5 Dec 2011
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Exoplanet ranking suggests INTERSTELLAR WAR imminent

An international team of boffins has ranked the various extra-terrestrial planets and moons known to humanity in order of ability to sustain life. It's bad news for the human race, as the planets of the Gliese 581 star system are near the top of the list: and if an intelligent race is present there, we have already mortally …
Lewis Page, 24 Nov 2011
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Alien city lights could be detected across interstellar space

Top boffins in the US say that it should be possible to detect alien civilisations on planets orbiting other stars by looking for the light of their cities standing out at night. Concept art depicting the lights of an ET civilisation on an exoplanet. Credit: David A Aguilar (CfA) Hiveplexes Three to Five sadly gave away the …
Lewis Page, 4 Nov 2011
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Planet with British weather found 20 light years away

A group of boffins claims to have spied the "first discovered terrestrial-mass exoplanet in the habitable zone", the BBC reports. The planet in question is orbiting the much-studied star Gliese 581, some 20 light-years away in the constellation Libra. Of the possible worlds circling the red M-class sun, Gliese 581d had already …
Lester Haines, 17 May 2011

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