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The Kepler Space Telescope Is Alive Again After Scaring The Hell Out Of Everyone

After creating a minor panic when it went into Emergency Mode two weeks ago, the Kepler Space Telescope is back to doing science. As of 1:30am AEST (11:30am ET) today, it’s continuing the search for planets beyond our solar system.


Astronomers Found Evidence For Exoplanets 100 Years Ago And Didn't Know It

University archives are treasure troves of historic information, but it’s not every day they produce scientific discoveries. But now, a 1917 astronomical glass plate from the Cargenie Observatory’s collection is offering the oldest evidence for a planet orbiting another star — besting the first confirmed exoplanet detection by more than 70 years.


Astronomers Discover A Strange New Class Of Super Earths

For the first time, astronomers have discovered a class of exoplanets whose atmospheres have been seared away by heat, removing any doubts about what happens when a rocky object wanders too close to a star.


The Kepler Space Telescope Is Broken Again 

NASA’S Kepler Space telescope might have gotten a new lease on life in 2014 when scientists figured out how to repurpose the damaged telescope, but it now appears that it’s in trouble once again.


The Objects In Space That We Really, Really Can't Explain

Forget UFOs — there are a lot of objects and events in space that are identified, but still completely incomprehensible. From planets in our solar system, to inexplicable energy bursts from across the universe, here are some of the enduring mysteries of the space and time we call home.


How Salty Alien Oceans Can Influence A Planet's Ability To Foster Life

A new computer simulation shows that alien worlds with super salty oceans may be even more hospitable to life than ours — a finding that could influence the search for extraterrestrial life.


Molten Lava Flows On This Super-Earth's Surface Like Water

Weather can get pretty rough here on Earth, but there’s a rocky exoplanet located about 40 light-years away that features some of the most extreme temperature fluctuations ever seen by astronomers — reaching temperatures so high that lava flows directly on the surface.


Alien Life Goes Extinct Early, According To A New Fermi Paradox Explanation

We have yet to discover a single trace of alien life, despite the extremely high probability that it exists somewhere. This contradiction is popularly known as the Fermi Paradox. A new theory attempts to solve this conundrum by suggesting that habitable planets are quite common in our galaxy, but nascent life gets snuffed out very quickly.


Astronomers Want To Build A 12 Metre Space Telescope To Find The Next Earth

With Pluto millions of kilometres behind us and construction of the James Webb Space Telescope moving swiftly along, astronomers are already thinking about the Next Big Mission. At the top of their wish list? A 12m-wide orbital telescope that will search for proof of life beyond Earth.


A Mesmerising Animation Shows Just How Weird Our Solar System Is

NASA’s Kepler space telescope spotted thousands of worlds during its four-year mission, proving that our galaxy is filled with planets. But even more surprising is what the Kepler database highlights about our own solar system: namely, that we’re a bunch of celestial oddballs.


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