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TESS spots closest super-Earth that could be habitable

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2019
by Alex Muller

As astronomers stepped up the search for planets around other stars over the past decade, they noticed that our solar system is missing the most common type of planet – the so-called super-Earth.

Space-based gravitational-wave detector may detect strange exoplanets

Posted in Science on 9th Jul, 2019
by Alex Muller

LISA could be used to identify a very strange class of planets: heavy planets orbiting binary pairs of white dwarf stars. But because of its exquisite sensitivity, LISA could potentially spot them orbiting outside our own galaxy.

Mars Curiosity Detects High Methane Levels Which Could Be Life

Posted in Science on 24th Jun, 2019
by Alex Muller

Microbial life is an important source of methane on Earth, but methane can also be created through interactions between rocks and water.

Curiosity strikes clay in new samples, further proving Mars' watery past

Posted in Science on 31st May, 2019
by Alex Muller

NASA's Curiosity rover has begun investigating one of the most interesting regions so far on its seven-year journey

GRAVITY instrument breaks new ground in exoplanet imaging

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2019
by Alex Muller

The GRAVITY instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) has made the first direct observation of an exoplanet using optical interferometry.