Kepler has given us a stash of thousands of exoplanets. Now, researchers have pulled twenty from that stash that they say are the most likely to be habitable.
Two planets in the constellation of Aquarius may have atmospheres that could support life. After using the Hubble Space Telescope to spy on the planets, astronomers have concluded that these worlds don’t have the inhospitable atmosphere of most gas planets.
Storms that go on for 400 years. Falling molten glass rain. Temperatures jumping from 500 degrees Celsius to 1200 degrees Celsius in just 6 hours. The weather in our universe is crazy.
Newly-discovered planet KELT-4Ab has three suns—but that triple-solar view isn’t the only weird thing you’d see happen overhead. Not by a long shot.
There’s been dozens of probes that have gone out exploring the solar system since 1959’s Luna 2 probe. PopChartLab has gone and noted down each one since in this beautiful poster of the Solar System.
This is what one day looks like on Earth from space. The footage condenses 24 hours of imagery from Japan’s Himawari-8 satellite into 12 seconds and shows us how the our beautiful blue marble peels itself from the darkness in unbelievable detail. The reveal of Earth is just beyond words. No planet is as beautiful as Earth and videos like this where we see Van Gogh in the moving clouds mixed with the colors of our land mass projected against the blue, no other planet even comes close.
Scientists used to suspect a giant planet named “2MASS J2126-8140” was a rogue world, wandering the galaxy without a star to orbit. But it turns out the planet isn’t homeless after all: its star is just very, very far away. Like, a trillion kilometers away (or about 621,000,000,000 miles).