Researchers learn more about the possible role of gamma ray bursts on life extinction in the universe
Can binary terrestrial planets exist?
The possible existence of Earth-like binary planets is being described today at the American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary Sciences meeting in Tucson, AZ. Two bodies, each of mass similar ...
Is Phobos doomed?
"All these worlds are yours except Europa, attempt no landing there."
New Horizons mission nearing Pluto after nine years in space
It took the spacecraft New Horizons, hurtling from Earth faster than any mission before it, a matter of hours to pass the moon's orbit and a year to reach Jupiter's gravity.
Finding infant earths and potential life just got easier
Among the billions and billions of stars in the sky, where should astronomers look for infant Earths where life might develop? New research from Cornell University's Institute for Pale Blue Dots shows where ...
Study finds an exoplanet, tilted on its side, could still be habitable if covered in ocean
Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether any of these exoplanets are hospitable to life depends on a number of criteria. Among these, scientists have thought, is ...
'Mirage Earth' exoplanets may have burned away chances for life
(Phys.org) —Planets orbiting close to low-mass stars—easily the most common stars in the universe—are prime targets in the search for extraterrestrial life.
Is there intelligent life in the universe? 5 questions with astrobiologist Caleb Scharf
Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th century Polish astronomer and mathematician, wasn't the first to suggest that the Earth wasn't the center of the universe—the idea originated with the ancient Greeks—but ...
Dawn snaps its best-yet image of dwarf planet ceres
The Dawn spacecraft has delivered a glimpse of Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, in a new image taken 740,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) from the dwarf planet. This is Dawn's best image ...
Engineering students aim to generate first breathable air on Mars
A project by students from The University of Western Australia and Mars One astronaut candidate Josh Richards has reached the finals of an international competition to land vital experiments on the Red Planet.
For life to form on a planet it needs to orbit the right kind of star
In the search for life-sustaining planets we must first choose the right host star.
What is the average surface temperature of the planets in our solar system?
It's is no secret that Earth is the only inhabited planet in our Solar System. All the planets besides Earth lack a breathable atmosphere for terrestrial beings, but also, many of them are too hot or too ...
How strong is the gravity on Mars?
The planet Mars shares numerous characteristics with our own. Both planets have roughly the same amount of land surface area, sustained polar caps, and both have a similar tilt in their rotational axes, affording ...
NASA says recently spotted asteroid 2014 UR116 no risk for Earth
NASA says a newly spotted 1,300-foot (400-meter) wide asteroid is not a threat to hit Earth, despite recent media reports.