Tagged: exoplanets

Seven Earth-sized planets discovered orbiting a nearby star - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 23, 2017

By Jonti Horner, University of Southern Queensland An international team of astronomers has found that a nearby star is accompanied by a swarm of at least seven small, rocky worlds. One of the eyecatching claims in the work, published today in Nature, is that in the appropriate circumstances, there is a chance that any (or all) the … Read More

Astronomy: A Voyage of Discovery - Micro to Macro

Ryan Ridden Feb 09, 2016

Astronomy is a subject of exploration. In an age where the Earth has been charted from the Old World to the New, it almost seems like the age of great voyages of exploration and discovery have long passed. That stands true as long as you don’t look up at night. On a clear night it becomes painfully clear there is much … Read More

Could life on an exoplanet spread to its neighbour? - Guest Work

Guest Work Dec 04, 2015

David Rothery, The Open University Imagine two nearby exoplanets orbiting the same sun, each with its own indigenous civilisation. They’re going through history either as companionable neighbours or deadly rivals. This is a familiar situation in science fiction, but could it ever happen? With the rapidly growing number of habitable exoplanets being discovered, this scenario may seem … Read More

“Just So Science” – The Cosmos Wanderers - Just So Science

Elf Eldridge May 19, 2011

So the big astronomy news of today is the announcement of “Unbound planetary mass objects” around stars towards the centre of our galaxy. Now before i get too excited, I should probably mention that we have discovered large free-floating planets before (maybe) but these have been confined to large clouds of dust and gas near star forming regions – this … Read More