New NASA coalition to lead search for life on distant worlds

A new NASA initiative is embracing a team approach to the quest for life on planets around other stars.

Hunt for life-supporting planets got a little shorter

If you are a "Star Trek" series lover, you will know what the popular Tau Ceti system is. Popularised in several fictional works, Tau Ceti is a very likely place to have life due to its proximity to Earth and the star's sun-like characteristics.

Earth was formed by tiny millimeter-sized stones, claims study
Earth was formed by tiny millimeter-sized stones, claims study

Scientists have found that our planet was formed much like asteroids, by cosmic ocean of millimetre-sized particles that orbited the sun.

NASA telescope finds planet deep within our galaxy
NASA telescope finds planet deep within our galaxy

 NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has teamed up with a telescope on the ground to find a remote gas planet about 13,000 light years away, making it one of the most distant planets known.

Red giant stars with held up 'chemical clock' discovered
Red giant stars with held up 'chemical clock' discovered

A team of astrophysicists has discovered a group of red giant stars for which the 'chemical clock' does not work.

Wandering Jupiter changed our solar system
Wandering Jupiter changed our solar system

Jupiter may have swept through the early solar system like a wrecking ball, destroying any newly-formed super-Earths by driving them into the Sun, a new study has found.

Solar system once harboured 'super-earths'
Solar system once harboured 'super-earths'

Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have found that our solar system may have once harboured super-earths - planets larger than the Earth but smaller than Neptune.

'Milky Way may have several planets brimming with life'
'Milky Way may have several planets brimming with life'

After analysing satellite data, an international team of researchers have calculated the probability for the number of stars in the Milky Way that might have planets in the habitable zone.

Black hole collisions shed light on most energetic event in universe for first time ever
Black hole collisions shed light on most energetic event in universe for first time ever

Black hole collisions has provided a deeper insight into the most energetic event in universe, the merging of two spinning, orbiting black holes into a much larger black hole, for first time ever.

New insight into origin of matter in the universe
New insight into origin of matter in the universe

Physicists from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) are offering a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.

Possible solution to mystery of origin of matter in universe
Possible solution to mystery of origin of matter in universe

A new research has offered a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.

'Twinkle' set to give radical new insights into alien planets' evolution
'Twinkle' set to give radical new insights into alien planets' evolution

A small satellite, named 'Twinkle,' is set to give radical new insights into the chemistry, formation and evolution of planets orbiting other stars.

Transformation of uninhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible
Transformation of uninhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible

A new study has recently revealed that transformation of inhabitable mini-Neptune into Earth-like world maybe possible.

Super Earths, planet formation 're-created' in lab using lasers
Super Earths, planet formation 're-created' in lab using lasers

Researchers have recently re-created the planet formations, conditions deep inside exotic super-Earths and giant planet cores in the lab with the help of lasers.

Two more planets in our solar system: Astronomers
Two more planets in our solar system: Astronomers

The solar system has at least two more planets waiting to be discovered beyond the orbit of Pluto, Spanish and British astronomers say.

Star with three planets larger than Earth discovered
Star with three planets larger than Earth discovered

NASA's Kepler space telescope has discovered a star with three planets only slightly larger than Earth.

Two 'unknown planets' may lie hidden beyond Pluto
Two 'unknown planets' may lie hidden beyond Pluto

A recent study has revealed that there can be at least two unknown planets hidden well beyond Pluto.

Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000: NASA
Kepler exoplanet tally passes 1,000: NASA

NASA's venerable Kepler space telescope's count of exoplanets has passed the magic 1,000 mark, including eight new planets and 544 candidate planets.

NASA finds most accurate position of Saturn, its moons
NASA finds most accurate position of Saturn, its moons

NASA researchers have pinpointed the exact position of Saturn and its family of moons to within about four km - a feat that will improve astronomers' knowledge of Saturn's orbit and benefits spacecraft navigation and basic physics research.

Earth-sized planets in Milky Way hint at ancient life

Five planets transiting a larger primary star about 117 light years from Earth may constitute the oldest known system of terrestrial-sized planets, scientists say.