The Kepler spacecraft has sent its final images to Earth, ending a decade of hunting for planets beyond our solar system. The spacecraft was utilized in the discovery of more than 2,600 of these exoplanets. Just 35 years ago, astronomers did not know of any planets beyond our own stellar family, while today, we know of thousands of such alien worlds, Most of these discoveries were made using the Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009. The observatory ran out of fuel in October 2018, and was placed in a safe orbit prior to shutdown.Read More Good Night, Dear Kepler — Planet-Hunting Telescope Sends Last Images to Earth; Is That Tetris?
When alien life is discovered, will people panic, or greet the news in a positive manner? A new study may provide the answer.Read More Will People Panic When We Find Alien Life? A New Study Reveals the Answer
The TRAPPIST-1 system, 39 light years from Earth, could be home to a pair of habitable planets. How do we know what life may be like on these distant worlds?Read More TRAPPIST-1 Could be Home to Two Habitable Planets