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The droplets falling through alien skies are broadly similar to the ones that splash down here on Earth, even if they're made of different stuff.
A NASA spacecraft built to spot alien worlds has completed its first two years of work, and the tally is in: the mission hauled in 2,241 new planet candidates for scientists to study.
Astronomers spotted a possible searing-hot planet orbiting Vega, one of the brightest and most famous stars in the sky.
Scientists think they've spied an alien world that lost its atmosphere — then conjured itself a new one.
We keep getting reminders that the Milky Way's planetary diversity dwarfs what we see in our own solar system.
New research suggests a way to move heat around "tidally locked" alien planets: ocean currents whipping around the worlds faster than they rotate.
A newly discovered alien world could help astronomers better understand the atmospheres of rocky exoplanets.
The nearest solar system to our own may actually host two potentially life-supporting planets as a new candidate emerges around Alpha Centauri A, a new study reports.
The seven rocky planets orbiting the red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 have remarkably similar densities, suggesting they likely have similar compositions, too.
Sixteen-year-old Kartik Pinglé and 18-year-old Jasmine Wright helped find four exoplanets circling the sunlike star HD 108236.
Ever ridden a teacup ride at a state fair? If so, you might have a small taste of life in a whirling, twirling sextuply-eclipsing sextuple star system.
The planets around a star called TOI-178 know how to keep a beat — so smoothly, in fact, that scientists were able to discover new alien worlds by deciphering the system's music.
Scientists were able to measure the orbit of exoplanet GOT 'EM-1b, a gas giant nearly 1,300 light-years from Earth.
A rocky exoplanet known as TOI-561b was found circling one of the oldest stars in our Milky Way galaxy. The exoplanet is about 50% larger than Earth.
Astronomers just confirmed the existence of KOI-5Ab, which was first flagged as a potential planet by NASA's pioneering Kepler space telescope way back in 2009.
Scientists may have detected radio emissions from a planet orbiting a star beyond our sun for the first time.
Scientists have discovered a cold, faint "super-planet" that has remained elusive to traditional infrared survey methods.