Scientists develop first ever laser-wielding robot that probes exoplanets

Scientists have revealed that they are using the world`s first robotic laser adaptive optics system to explore thousands of exoplanet systems (planets around other stars) at resolutions approaching those of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Newly discovered 715 exoplanets hints at worlds similar to our own

A team lead of astronomers at the SETI Institute and NASA Ames Research Center have used data from NASA`s Kepler space telescope to uncover 715 new exoplanets.

Star set to swallow two exoplanets in 130 million and 155 million years

Astronomers have said that the planets Kepler-56b and Kepler-56c are going to be swallowed by their star in a short time by astronomical standards.

Exoplanet hunter Kepler set for new mission

There is some good news for space research enthusiasts. NASA`s Kepler spacecraft is back in action, a year after suffering an equipment failure.

Are exoplanets mimicking signs of life when there is none?

Are astronomers being fooled by signs of life on exoplanets? This may well be the case if we believe a significant research, suggesting that the search for life on planets outside our solar system may be more difficult than previously thought.

Mysteries of nearby planetary system`s dynamics solved

Researchers have claimed to have solved mysteries of one of the most fascinating nearby planetary systems now have been solved.

Automated Planet Finder finds two new planetary systems

Lick Observatory`s newest telescope, the Automated Planet Finder (APF), has discovered two new planetary systems, in its first months of operation.

Scientists come closer to discovering habitable earths

Researchers have clicked photos of a planet outside our solar system with an Earth-based telescope.

New technique may advance search for alien life

Astronomers, including one of Indian-origin, have developed a new technique that could help detect the telltale chemical signs of extraterrestrial life in the atmosphere of an alien world.

Alien life may have evolved just after Big Bang

Exoplanets may have been teeming with alien microbial life just 15 million years after the Big Bang, according to a Harvard scientist.

Interplanetary dust jump-started life on Earth?

Dust coming from comets and asteroids may have delivered water and organics to the Earth - jump starting life on our planet, US researchers say.

`Super-Earths` have Earth-like climate, life next?

Super-Earths or massive terrestrial planets dotting our galaxy the Milky Way, may haveEmore earth-like climate then scientists have ever thought.

Massive exoplanets may be more Earth-like than previously believed

A team of researchers have said that massive exoplanets, called "Super-Earths," are much likelier to have an Earth-like climate than previously believed.

Exoplanets may be blanketed with clouds

Scientists using NASA`s Hubble Space Telescope have found that the atmospheres of two of the most common type of planets in the Milky Way galaxy may be blanketed with clouds.

New technique to measure mass of exoplanets

MIT scientists have developed a new technique to measure the mass of exoplanets, which can help determine if any of these far-off worlds are habitable.

NASA finds water in atmosphere of five distant planets

In an encouraging sign of life beyond earth, NASA scientists have found faint signatures of water in the atmospheres of five distant planets.

New theoretical models help search for Earth-like planets

Researchers are using new theoretical models to find if Earth-like conditions exist in some other planet.

Banned Chinese researchers get clarification letter from NASA

Chinese researchers who were banned from attending a NASA conference on exoplanets have received a letter of clarification from the organising committee.

Scientists discover planet with shortest ever orbit

Scientists have discovered six new planetary candidates with super-fast orbits - as short as four hours.

Space `graveyard` reveals bits of an Earth-like planet

Astronomers have autopsied a distant, broken apart planet and revealed signs of water and a rocky surface together for the first time, delighting scientists on the hunt for alien life.