Gaia space observatory could discover 70,000 new Jupiters

Posted in Hardware on 9th Nov, 2014
by Alex Muller

After a 20-year search, astronomers have uncovered a grand total of 1,900 planets residing outside of the Solar System.

Astronomers discover first "ice giant" exoplanet

Posted in Science on 28th Oct, 2014
by Alex Muller

This is the first time anyone has spotted a twin for our so-called ice giant planets, Uranus and Neptune.

What does the next generation telescope need to detect life?

Posted in Science on 23rd Oct, 2014
by Alex Muller

Almost 2,000 extrasolar planets have been discovered to date. Yet, we still know little about these alien worlds, especially their atmospheres.

How to Measure Distance in Space

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014
by Alex Muller

Looking up to the stars, it can sometimes feel like everything sits on a single, two-dimensional sheet held up above us. How do we know it doesn't?

Astronomy: Planets in chaos

Posted in Featured, Science on 3rd Jul, 2014
by Alex Muller

The discovery of thousands of star systems wildly different from our own has demolished ideas about how planets form.