planets

exoplanets

Citizen Scientists Help Spot a Potentially Habitable Planet Nearly Twice the Size of Earth

K2-288Bb is located 226 light years away.
Becky Ferreira
1.9.19
exoplanets

Scientists Discover ‘Super-Earth’ That’s Only Six Light Years Away

Astronomers have been looking for exoplanets around Barnard’s Star for decades. Now, they’ve finally spotted one.
Becky Ferreira
11.14.18
Bygone Planets

These Alien Diamonds Belonged to a Lost Mars-Sized World

Earth survived the solar system’s tumultuous infancy more or less intact. Other planets were not so lucky.
Becky Ferreira
4.17.18
shaky ground

Inside Italy’s Thriving Market for Earthquake Pseudoscience

Legitimate fears of deadly earthquakes are fueling a cottage industry of bogus detectors and predictors.
Federico Formica
4.16.17
humans of the year

If We Colonize a Neighboring Solar System, Thank Guillem Anglada-Escudé

The man who discovered Proxima Centauri b says he was inspired by sci-fi to search for other worlds for humans to colonize.
Liv Grant
4.13.17
humans of the year

Ellen Stofan Left NASA But She’s Still Trying to Push Humanity Forward

NASA's former chief scientist says when it comes to getting more women in science and tech, the progress is "too slow, I won’t lie to you."
Samantha Cole
4.9.17
Cute Pic

Here’s Our First View of TRAPPIST-1, the Alien Solar System With Earth-Sized Planets

Super pixellated, but still amazing.
Samantha Cole
3.9.17
humans of the year

Morgan Irons is Running Her Own Martian Farming Experiment

"We want to help with human expansion into deep spaces on Earth, Mars, and beyond."
Becky Ferreira
2.6.17
Space

We're Getting A Lot Better at Looking for Habitable Planets

Just in time.
Bryson Masse
1.28.17
Space

Pluto Has Towers of Ice 1,600 Feet Tall

The only other planet in the solar system to have such structures, called 'penitentes', is Earth.
Samantha Cole
1.8.17
2016

Raptor Rockets and Alien Vistas: The Best Space Art of the Year

Our picks run the gamut from stellar radiation thrashings to SpaceX’s dream machines.
Becky Ferreira
12.26.16
politics

AAAS CEO to Young Scientists: Speak Up. Keep Focused. Carry On.

Rush Holt, former Congressman and physicist, explains how scientists should move forward under the Trump Administration.
Rush Holt
12.20.16
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