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The Surprising Reason This 'Saturn On Steroids' Could Actually Exist

A few years ago, astronomers discovered a bizarre object in orbit around a distant star. Preliminary research suggested an exoplanet with an oversized ring system roughly 200 times larger than Saturn’s. Researchers have now proven that this dramatic celestial structure is indeed possible — but for it to work, the rings need to spin in the wrong direction.

The Daring Plan To Find The Next Earth Within A Decade

When astronomers confirmed the discovery of an Earth-sized world orbiting Proxima Centauri just 4.25 light years away, hopes were ignited that there may be more planetary real estate in our cosmic neighbourhood. To find out, a team of ex-NASA scientists is now seeking private funding to scour the Alpha Centauri system for habitable planets.

Watch Live: Meet Proxima Centauri, Home To Our Newest Exoplanet

It’s been an exciting week for planet hunters with the discovery of the nearest exoplanet yet found, orbiting a star called Proxima Centauri. Now you can get a closer look at that star system via a live broadcast tonight, courtesy of the robotic telescope service Slooh. The fun starts at 10:00AM AEST.

There May Be An Earth-Like Exoplanet Less Than Five Light Years Away

Rumours are flying that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory have discovered an Earth-like exoplanet in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our nearest neighbouring star. If confirmed, this is undeniably one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of the century.

There's Growing Evidence That Venus Was Once Habitable

If you could hop in a time-travelling spacecraft, go back three billion years and land any place in our solar system, where would you want to end up? Earth, with its barren continents and unbreathable atmosphere? Or Mars, a chillier version its big brother? Wait, what about Venus?

The 20 Most Earth-Like Exoplanets We've Found

Kepler has given us a stash of thousands of exoplanets. Now, researchers have pulled 20 from that stash that they say are the most likely to be habitable.

One Of The Best Explanations For Why We Haven't Found Alien Life

So far, the only examples of sentient life we’ve found are right here on our own planet. It’s not for lack of trying, though — we’ve sent out spacecraft deep into the reaches of our galaxy and, so far, still remain alone. What if the problem isn’t where where looking, though, but when?

Mission Hopes To Find The 'Goldilocks Zone' In Our Closest Galactic Neighbour

Exoplanets are all the rage nowadays thanks in part to Kepler’s discovery of around 1284 previously undiscovered planets and our never-ending fascination with the “final frontier” that just seems to be moving closer to a reality. But out of the thousands of planets that we know of, how many are set to support life?

How Often Does Life Emerge In The Universe?

Since the 1960s, the Drake Equation has been used to predict how many communicative extraterrestrial civilisations exist in the Milky Way galaxy. Along these same lines, a new formula seeks to estimate the frequency at which life emerges on a planet — a calculation that might allow us to figure out the likelihood of life arising elsewhere in the universe.

Incredible Photo Shows An Exoplanet In Orbit Around Its Host Star

See that tiny speck just to left of the bluish orb? That’s a planet. It’s one of the best direct images of an exoplanet we’ve ever seen, and it’s made all the more remarkable given that it’s a whopping 1200 light-years away.

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