Tag Archives: exoplanets

Hot Neptune-Sized Planet’s Primitive Atmosphere Contains Water

NASA scientists have found sulfur-rich clouds and water vapor in the primitive atmosphere of “warm Neptune” HAT-P-26b.

The TRAPPIST-1 Star System Is Like a Really Tight Jam Band

A study in Astrophysical Journal Letters demonstrates that the TRAPPIST-1 maintains stability via resonance between planets’ orbits.

Super-Earth LHS 1140b Has Scientists Excited about Possible Alien Life

Scientists have found a ‘super-Earth’ exoplanet in the habitable zone of LHS 1140, a red dwarf in the constellation of Cetus, located about 40 light-years away from Earth.

The Virtual Planetary Laboratory Knows It Takes a Village to Model a Planet

The Virtual Planetary Laboratory is a unique project whose aim is to simulate the light from other worlds. Incorporating data from a variety of fields, the VPL’s models will allow scientists to interpret future telescope spectra and determine whether or not an alien planet has life.

Boasting 7 Earth-Sized Planets, TRAPPIST-1 Is the New Solar System to Know

For the first time, scientists spy seven Earth-sized planets around a single star, with three within the habitable zone.

The Discovery of Exoplanets Is as Old as Texting

The discovery of other planets in orbit around other stars is relatively recent–though we’ve been searching the skies for them for a very long time.

Cloudy With A Chance Of Rubies

Researchers believe exoplanet, HAT-P-7b’s, stormy clouds are comprised of corundum, the mineral associated here on Earth with rubies and sapphires.