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?
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
TRAPPIST-1 may be home to at least two planets which could hold on to their atmospheres against the solar wind emanating from the ultra-cool red star. If this is proven by further research, this finding could greatly increase the chance that alien life may have formed in this alien solar system. An atmosphere is widely […]Read More Trappist-1 May Be Home to Atmospheres – and with it, Alien Life?