Search for Life Archive
09 July 2014, 04:52 PM ET
Do you want to help name an alien planet? Starting next year, space fans around the world will get the chance to vote on their favorite names for exoplanets and the planets' host stars.
08 July 2014, 02:05 PM ET
The 30-minute webcast, which is called "Spotlight Live: The Hunt for Other Worlds Heats Up," begins at 3:00 p.m. EDT Wednesday. You can watch it live here on Space.com, courtesy of the nonprofit Kavli Foundation, which is hosting the discussion
07 July 2014, 02:52 PM ET
An incredibly detailed new map of Mars' southern highlands shows how profoundly liquid water sculpted the region long ago, especially two canyon systems known as Waikato Vallis and Reull Vallis.
07 July 2014, 07:35 AM ET
'Active SETI' sounds like science fiction, but some astronomers are discussing it seriously today. The idea is a controversial, hot-button issue, with some researchers wary of sending signals out to touch base with intelligent aliens.
06 July 2014, 12:47 PM ET
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05 July 2014, 12:16 AM ET
From a stellar womb to a cosmic cannibal, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for July 5, 2014.
04 July 2014, 10:57 PM ET
From the half-lit moon and mars to Jupiter's farewell, don't miss these amazing objects to watch in the night sky.
03 July 2014, 02:01 PM ET
Astronomers have for the first time detected a rocky alien world in an Earth-like orbit around just one star in a two-star system. The new find suggests that such worlds may be common, researchers say.
02 July 2014, 03:30 PM ET
Powerful radio signals that Jupiter generates could be used to help researchers scan its giant moons for oceans that could be home to extraterrestrial life, according to a recent study submitted to the journal Icarus.
01 July 2014, 07:00 AM ET
Cosmic impacts can create novel habitats where life can flourish and preserve the remains of pre-existing life for millions of years, new research suggests.
30 June 2014, 12:00 PM ET
SETI is stepping up its search for alien lifeforms on far off worlds. The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) program recently announced two new methods to search for signals that could come from life on other planets.
29 June 2014, 11:14 AM ET
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28 June 2014, 12:37 PM ET
From the true size of sun's atmosphere to a trio of huge black holes, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 28, 2014.
27 June 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The new film "Earth to Echo" — which follows a group of kids on a journey to help save a small alien robot — might have a bit of extraterrestrial truth at its core, one alien-hunting astronomer says.
25 June 2014, 04:48 PM ET
Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface. The planet, known as Gliese 832c, lies just 16 light-years from Earth.
23 June 2014, 04:44 PM ET
When NASA's New Horizons spacecraft leaves the solar system, it will carry with it a digital message from people on Earth.
23 June 2014, 03:19 PM ET
A new study gives hope for the possibility that many super-Earth planets orbiting distant stars have exposed continents rather than just water-covered surfaces.
20 June 2014, 10:21 PM ET
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20 June 2014, 10:02 PM ET
From a strange gas stream blotting out a galaxy's bright core to perfect espresso in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 21, 2014.
20 June 2014, 04:15 PM ET
Born in a disc of gas and rubble, planets eventually come together as larger and larger pieces of dust and rock stick together. They may be hundreds of light-years away from us, but astronomers can nevertheless watch these planets as they form.
17 June 2014, 10:00 AM ET
The proposed Wide-field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) mission, which NASA is designing to probe the nature of mysterious dark energy, could discover thousands of alien planets as well.
16 June 2014, 07:15 AM ET
Samples scooped from the Martian atmosphere could provide scientists with their first hands-on experience with the red planet.
15 June 2014, 09:40 AM ET
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14 June 2014, 11:03 AM ET
From "The Beast" asteroid to a "World Cup" in space, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 14, 2014.
11 June 2014, 06:30 AM ET
Various explanations for why we don’t see aliens have been proposed but with every new discovery of a potentially habitable planet, the Fermi Paradox becomes increasingly mysterious.
10 June 2014, 12:16 PM ET
A checklist for the requirements of life as scientists define it could help ground speculation about the possibilities of alien life on distant worlds, new research suggests.
08 June 2014, 11:53 AM ET
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07 June 2014, 01:23 PM ET
From a spectacular solar eruption to breathtaking images from NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman, don't miss these amazing space images of the week for June 7, 2014.
06 June 2014, 06:35 AM ET
NASA's new K2 mission, born from the hobbled Kepler spacecraft, is already underway and performing its own alien-planet–hunting science.
04 June 2014, 12:46 PM ET
Severe space weather events from common red dwarf stars could doom any chances for life on planets orbiting those stars, scientists say. That may mean that alien life might be rarer than previously thought.
04 June 2014, 06:01 AM ET
While robots have done the lion's share of planetary exploration to date, there are plenty of human stories to share about this ambitious enterprise, a panel of experts stressed during last month's Spacefest VI conference in California.
03 June 2014, 07:01 PM ET
The newfound exoplanet candidate Kapteyn b, which lies just 13 light-years away, is about 11.5 billion years old, scientists say. That makes it 2.5 times older than Earth, and just 2 billion years or so younger than the universe itself.