Catalog of planet candidates nearly doubles in size during 2020-21.
A new study shows it’s theoretically possible. The hypothesis could be tested soon with proposed Venus-bound missions.
The discovery, based on an unusual event dubbed “the Cow,” may offer astronomers a new way to spot infant compact objects.
Report led by MIT scientists details a suite of privately-funded missions to hunt for life on Earth's sibling planet.
Marcos Berríos ’06, Christina Birch PhD ’15, and Christopher Williams PhD ’12 make up a third of the 2021 NASA astronaut candidate class.
The boiling new world, which zips around its star at ultraclose range, is among the lightest exoplanets found to date.
A newly discovered “ultrahot Jupiter” has the shortest orbit of any known gas giant.
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“In astrophysics, we have only this one universe which we can observe,” the physics professor says. “With a computer, we can create different universes, which we can check.”
Those selected for these positions receive additional support to pursue their research and develop their careers.
Mergers between two neutron stars have produced more heavy elements in last 2.5 billion years than mergers between neutron stars and black holes.
Such planetary smashups are likely common in young solar systems, but they haven’t been directly observed.
The results provide a blueprint for finding such systems in the universe’s quieter, emptier regions.