Planets
Accidental discovery of ‘upside-down’ planet confirms 1973 prediction
Accidental discovery of ‘upside-down’ planet confirms 1973 prediction

An "upside-down" planet has revealed a new technique for examining binary star systems...

   
First Earth-size exoplanet in habitable zone found by Kepler
First Earth-size exoplanet in habitable zone found by Kepler

Among the more than 1,700 confirmed exoplanets discovered, some are in the habitable zones, where liquid water could exist on their surfaces, of their host stars...

   
Planets with a drunken wobble could be more lively
Planets with a drunken wobble could be more lively

Similar to a top wobbling before it crashes -- its spin resisting the pull of gravity -- planets experience the same wobble due to nearby massive stars and planets...

   
Scientists spot Earth-sized planet that may hold liquid water, alien life
Scientists spot Earth-sized planet that may hold liquid water, alien life

A rocky planet potentially harboring liquid water has been discovered by an international team of researchers.  NASA’s Kepler telescope spotted the planet, named Kepler-186f...

   
NASA: Newly-formed moon in Saturn’s rings is nicknamed ‘Peggy’
NASA: Newly-formed moon in Saturn’s rings is nicknamed ‘Peggy’

Images obtained by NASA’s Cassini probe orbiting Saturn suggest the presence a nascent moon in one of the planet’s rings. According to a Read More.

   
This mesmerizing image hints at Saturn’s notoriously strong winds
This mesmerizing image hints at Saturn’s notoriously strong winds

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn has released a mesmerizing image of the ringed planet...

   
NASA’s sunflower-shaped spacecraft makes photographing alien planets a reality
NASA’s sunflower-shaped spacecraft makes photographing alien planets a reality

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory released its new concept of a sunflower-shaped spaceship this week, part of its PlanetQuest program. The flower-shaped spaceship will aid in investigating alien planets, like ours, that could possibly contain life...

   
Meet the incredible shrinking planet: Mercury
Meet the incredible shrinking planet: Mercury

The Carnegie Institution reports that, based on new data from MESSENGER, Mercury has shrunk far more than earlier estimates...

   
NASA’s WISE telescope finds no sign of ‘Planet X’
NASA’s WISE telescope finds no sign of ‘Planet X’

In the 1840’s Neptune was discovered, and its orbit was not what scientists expected it to be. Astronomers then determined the effect was caused by another far off planet lurking somewhere on the solar system’s edge...

   
‘Super-Earths’ might be less Earth-like than previously thought
‘Super-Earths’ might be less Earth-like than previously thought

Among the thousands of exoplanets documented so far, some are only a few times more massive than Earth. Furthermore, some of these ‘super-Earths’ are in their host stars’ habitable zones, in which liquid water could exist on their surfaces...