In a major first, scientists have detected water vapor and possibly even liquid water clouds that rain in the atmosphere of a strange exoplanet that lies in the habitable zone of its host star about 110 light-years from Earth. A new study focuses on K2-18 b, an exoplanet discovered in 2015. Previously, scientists have discovered gas giants that have water vapor in their atmospheres, but this is the least massive planet ever to have water vapor detected in its atmosphere.
NASA is continuing its push to find life in outer space! Following the news that the agency is preparing to search for alien life on a nearby super-earth, NASA has also announced that it will be scouting out Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa, for living organisms. Find out how and when they plan to get there.
TESS, NASA’s new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is already pulling its tremendous weight by making an Earth-sized discovery in the form of a super-earth known as GJ 357 d. Although the exoplanet is located is 31 light years away, NASA believes the exoplanet is located in a “habitable zone,” and plans to scour it for signs of alien life. Will they find what they’re looking for?
Remember the good old days when there were only nine planets? Nowadays, NASA announced, as of July 25, 2019, that with the help of now-retired Kepler Space Telescope, they have discovered a staggering 4,102 alien planets. And with another 20,000 planetary discoveries predicted to come in the future using TESS, NASA’S new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, NASA has an incredible cosmic field open to explore.
With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on the horizon, we’re taking a brief look at several lunar conspiracies that have taken a place in history, and never quite left. Do they have any truth to them? Are they completely crazy? Can we ever know for sure? Put on your thinking cap - or your tin foil hat - and apply your critical thinking skills as you check out these 5 enduring conspiracies about the Moon.
It’s probably just swamp gas… right? Along with the moon, Mars has been making space-related headlines frequently in recent weeks, this time with the news that NASA captured a photo of a strange white light glowing on the Martian surface. While scientists are offering a possible explanation for the unexpected light, citing that it’s "likely an effect of the Sun", the find is still a bit of a mystery and opens up questions about life, or at least the plausibility of life, on Mars.