An artist’s conception of WASP-18b, a giant exoplanet that orbits very close to its star.
X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/I.Pillitteri et al; Optical: DSS
Sometimes it is difficult to take a photograph of an exoplanet because the star illuminating it is too bright. Now there is a new 'deluminator' telescope that can block out the extra light.
Is there anybody out there?
From the subatomic to the cosmic, don't think for a second that we're at the end of scientific history.
Artist’s impression of planet K2-18 b, its host star and an accompanying planet in this system.
ESA/Hubble, M. Kornmesser
K2-18 b is now the exoplanet most likely to be habitable.
Much of Mars’s surface is covered by fine-grained materials that hide the bedrock. The above bedrock is mostly exposed and it is in these areas that micrometeorites likely to accumulate.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
It's established Mars was once a planet with surface-level water. So with multiple MARS missions starting next year, the key to seeking out martian life may instead lie in the contents of its 'dust'.
Realising the silence of outer space was what made us appreciate our precarious position down on this pale blue dot – so beginning our obsession with extinction.
We haven't heard anything from alien civilisations, but perhaps they've heard us.
The fifth episode of the To the moon and beyond podcast series explores where we will be travelling in 2069.
A Sept. 20 citizen “raid” on Area 51, a secretive military installation long fancied to hold alien remains, has drawn worldwide interest.
As more than a million people have indicated plans to partake in a citizen 'raid' on the famed Area 51 to 'see them aliens,' a scholar on the search for extraterrestrial life weighs in on the hype.
Varied terrain on Europa.
Whether anything could live in Europa's subsurface ocean depends on what kind of salt it contains. Now scientists have found out.
Relative sizes of planets that are in a zone potentially compatible with life: Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c, Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Earth (named left to right; except for Earth, these are artists’ renditions).
The ancient question 'Are we alone?' has graduated from being a philosophical musing to a testable hypothesis. We should be prepared for an answer.
Scale models of rockets at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation’s booth at the International Astronautical Congress.
The space industry and global interest in all matters inter-planetary is growing.
An artist’s impression of `Oumuamua, the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System.
ESA/Hubble, NASA, ESO, M. Kornmesser
We will never see 'Oumuamua again, and we may never know exactly what it is. But with the right kind of media coverage it could inspire some kids to take up a career in science.
Once people get there, Mars will be contaminated with Earth life.
NASA/Pat Rawlings, SAIC
NASA's InSight Mars lander touches down Nov. 26, part of a careful robotic approach to exploring the red planet. But human exploration of Mars will inevitably introduce Earth life. Are you OK with that?
Artist’s impression of the exoplanet Kepler-1625b with its large moon.
A moon has been spotted in a star system 4000 light years away – but its structure is confusing.
Pie in the sky? Mars Ice Home concept.
Elon Musk may be disappointed by recent studies threatening his plans to go to Mars, but planetary scientists are breathing a sigh of relief.
Nearly 50 years since the first man walked on the moon, our morals are still stranded on Earth.
How unique is our universe?
Jaime Salcido/Durham University
New research on parallel universes forces cosmologists to come to an uncomfortable conclusion.
Artist’s impression of the Europa clipper mission.
We could find evidence of life on Europa within a couple of decades.
Artist’s impression of Proxima b, a planet orbiting the star Proxima Centauri within the closest known star system outside of our solar system.
Using AI to search for ET might help us find things we couldn't even imagine we should look for, but to succeed we also have think critically about how we create and use that technology.
Mars seen by Curiosity.
NASA and ESA have signed a letter of intent to collect samples from Mars and return them to Earth.