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  • Lifting the veil from a star’s alien worlds

    Once the starlight has been blocked out, the four planets can be seen and their spectra can be obtained. Image credit: Project 1640

    The composition of exoplanets can be studied via their spectra – those rainbows of information...

     
  • Comets galore orbit alien stars

    A large planet can cause comets to move in towards the star, resulting in gas being released and ultimately revealing their presence. Credit: NASA Lynette Cook

    A comet blazing in the night sky can be a spectacular sight, with its bright gaseous tail liberated from...

     
  • Five new planets orbit a nearby star

    The system of planets around Tau Ceti imagined by a space artist. Credit: J. Pinfield/University of Hertfordshire

    If it is clear tonight when it gets dark, and you’re in northern latitudes, then go outside and...

     
  • Aliens could inhabit world with two suns

    An artist imagines how the Kepler-47 planetary system might look. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T.Pyle

    A newly discovered solar system is intriguing astronomers because it has two suns – and one of...

     
  • Planet-hunters find new worlds in old data

    An artist's impression of an exoplanet system. Credit JPL/NASA

    Two scientists have ‘shone a light’ in the foggy spectra of an exoplanetary star system,...

     
  • Earth-like planets eaten by parent stars

    Exhibit A: Dust left swirling around a white dwarf. Credit: © Mark A. Garlick/space-art.co.uk/University of Warwick

    It is day two of Cosmic Crimewatch and yet another example of senseless violence has been discovered...

     
  • Billions of Earth-like worlds in Milky Way

    This artist’s impression shows a sunset seen from a super-Earth orbiting Gliese 667 C. Credit: ESO/L. Calçada

    Our Milky Way galaxy is swarming with tens of billions of habitable rocky planets not much bigger than...

     
  • Planets sent flying like cosmic bullets

    An artist imagines a hypervelocity planet. Credit: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

    Orphan planets are being flung through the galaxy at velocities that are a fraction of the speed of light,...

     
  • How you can help discover a planet

    A Planet-Hunters light-curve reveals a transit. Credit: Zooniverse

    More than 700 planets have been discovered to date, but astronomers are seeking help from the public...

     
  • NASA’s Kepler reaps new planet harvest

    An artist's impression of a new planetary system. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

    A NASA space telescope’s harvesting of new planets is continuing apace with 26 new worlds confirmed...

     
  • Galaxy is swarming with alien planets

    The Milky Way above the dome of the Danish 1.54-metre telescope at La Silla. (Credit: ESO/Z. Bardon)

    A cosmic census by international astronomers has discovered that the Milky Way galaxy must be packed...

     
  • Now let’s discover those alien moons!

    Rocky moons orbit a gas giant (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

    With well over 700 planets now discovered around other stars, astronomers are looking to a fresh challenge...