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Expectation of extraterrestrial life built more on optimism than evidence

Recent discoveries of planets similar to Earth in size and proximity to the planets\’ respective suns have sparked scientific and public excitement about the possibility of also finding Earth-like life on those worlds. But Princeton University researchers have found that the expectation that life — from bacteria to sentient beings — has or will develop […] … learn more→

Planets circling around twin suns

In the last two decades, the study of extrasolar planets — those that lie outside our own solar system — has become one of the most important fields of astrophysics. Now a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) team that includes Prof. Tsevi Mazeh of Tel Aviv University\’s Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the […] … learn more→

\’Darkest\’ world enlightens astronomers about mysterious light-gobbling planet

A giant Jupiter-like gas planet has been revealed to be the most light-thirsty object in the known universe — a finding that may help astronomers better understand a mysterious characteristic of similar planets found outside our solar system. Recent analysis on a planet dubbed TrES-2b has found that it probably absorbs 99.9 percent of the […] … learn more→