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At least nine alien planets in position to spot Earth: Study

To look for worlds where civilisations would have the best chance of spotting our Solar System, the astronomers looked for parts of the sky from which more than one planet could be seen crossing the face of the Sun.

Sep 10, 2017, 19:42 PM IST

New test to detect signs of life on alien planets

The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis to separate a mixture of organic molecules into its components.

Jan 30, 2017, 11:47 AM IST

Scientists develop new assay to detect signs of life on alien planets

The test uses a liquid-based technique known as capillary electrophoresis to separate a mixture of organic molecules into its components.

Jan 29, 2017, 14:15 PM IST

Super-Earth: Here are some interesting facts

A Super-Earth is a planet with a mass between 1 and 10 times that of Earth.

Nov 22, 2016, 04:36 AM IST

Scientists create weather bulletin for alien planets

 Scientists have uncovered evidence of daily weather cycles on six extra-solar planets seen to exhibit different phases by using sensitive observations from the Kepler space telescope.

May 13, 2015, 18:32 PM IST

Detection of super-Earth transit extends terrestrial frontier

Astronomers made the first ever observation from a ground-based telescope of a super-Earth passing in front of a nearby Sun-like star, a development that could spur them in their search for signs of life on alien planets from afar.

Dec 02, 2014, 10:07 AM IST

ESA to launch its space-based observatory PLATO to hunt planets by 2024

A space-based observatory to search for planets orbiting alien stars has been selected as ESA`s third medium-class science mission, and is planned for launch by 2024.

Feb 20, 2014, 11:23 AM IST

Abundant `mini-Neptunes` form new class of alien planets

Kepler`s cornucopia of alien worlds has found a new entrant in the form of a new kind of planet.

Jan 07, 2014, 23:48 PM IST

`Habitable Zone` for alien planets redefined

The habitable zone defines the region where a planet might be able to retain liquid water on its surface.

Jan 30, 2013, 16:46 PM IST

Alien planets would have leap years too: Scientists

Alien planets would likely have a leap year too similar to the 366-day year that comes in every four years in our calender, scientists say.

Mar 01, 2012, 18:35 PM IST

Tidal heating may leave some alien planets waterless

Some exoplanets may experience powerful tidal forces, which could strip them of water completely.

Feb 13, 2012, 17:07 PM IST