Hubble discovers vast evidence of water in rare exoplanet’s atmosphere

NASA’s Hubble spacecraft has discovered signs of a large amount of water in an exoplanet some 700 light-years away. The planet is unlike others in the solar system and can provide crucial insights into the origin of other worlds. The agency’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes found the “fingerprints” of water in the atmosphere of […]

Google researchers use AI to spot distant exoplanets

Hunting for exoplanets is a very data-intensive and time-consuming task. Sifting through piles of data to find subtle signs of distant planets takes quite a lot of work, but researchers at Google have been developing a way to use AI to make the process faster and more effective. NASA’s Kepler mission spent four years focused […]

Sand worms and lightning: Aven Colony takes city-building to exoplanets

Enlarge (credit: NASA/Getty Images) Humans have consumed our world’s resources as if they were infinite. Earth remains, however, a finite planet. Without significant structural and behavioural change—the sort that is difficult to effect en masse— the long-term consequences of our self-sabotaging choices appear grave. In a forthcoming BBC documentary titled Expedition New Earth the English […]

‘Unlocking their secrets’: NASA to search for life on TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets

Published time: 4 Mar, 2017 11:04Edited time: 4 Mar, 2017 11:14 Seven recently-revealed exoplanets found orbiting a star 39 light-years from Earth will be searched for signs of life using NASA’s soon-to-be launched space telescope, according to the space agency. Last last month, NASA revealed that three of the seven planets lie inside the ‘habitable […]