Are we alone in the universe? This generation could finally find out

On this podcast episode, a planet hunter talks about our chances of finding alien life and other habitable worlds.

U. Chicago | Nov. 20, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

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At Jezero crater, Mars mineral may preserve signs of ancient life

Jezero crater, the landing site for NASA's Mars 2020 rover, appears to harbor a mineral that could preserve signs of ancient life, researchers say.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Mysterious exoplanet shouldn’t exist where it is

An out-of-place exoplanet seems to have escaped being destroyed when its parent star began to die. New research sheds light on how that happened.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Nov. 1, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Gas ‘waterfalls’ fill gaps from forming planets

Gas from the upper reaches of the protoplanetary disk flows in to fill gaps that forming planets create near nearly formed stars, research finds.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan | Oct. 21, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Mars used to have salty lakes

Mars once had salt lakes, similar to some on Earth. Scientists now have an idea as to what happened to them.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

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Exoplanets show the role of uncertainty in science

The in-built uncertainty in science can be tricky for people who aren't researchers. Here, an expert explains how it applies in the search for exoplanets.

NC State | Sept. 18, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

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Team models climate on each Trappist-1 exoplanet

"This is a whole sequence of planets that can give us insight into the evolution of planets... It's just a gold mine."

Peter Kelley-U. Washington | Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

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Earth’s ‘fingerprint’ could help find habitable exoplanets

A new "biosignature" for our own planet may help astronomers find exoplanets that could support life—or other worlds that already do.

McGill University | Aug. 28, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

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Temp suggests rocky clouds on hot Jupiter ‘nightsides’

The temperature on the nightsides of certain hot Jupiters is surprisingly uniform, research finds. This suggests clouds made of minerals.

Cynthia Lee-McGill | Aug. 26, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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Giant planet is more than 2,800x the mass of Earth

Astronomers have discovered a new planet around a nearby star that is nine times the mass of Jupiter and more than 2,800 times the mass of Earth.

Peter Thorley-Warwick | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

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