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When scientists began seeking out planets outside of our solar system, they anticipated seeing systems much like our own.
How did life begin? This question has been the focus of intense research for centuries, and while we have made significant strides, the answer still eludes us.
Prior to the Apollo Moon missions, scientists conjectured that the Moon would be extremely dry, that even below the surface of the Magnificent Desolation that little or no water would be present.
Researchers unwrapped a little more of the mystery surrounding a new type of powerful cosmic explosion, creating a new theory around the death of supergiant stars.
From a news release by NASA, dated February 28, 2013, the Birth of a Planet was observed from Earth through the Hubble Telescope that possibly showed a proto planet being born from a star.
A pair of California scientists unveiled a proposal this week for a system that could eliminate threatening asteroids or meteors, just as a meteorite explodes over Russia and an asteroid grazes past Earth within a 24-hour span.
While the staggering vastness of our universe may increase the chances that there could be life out there somewhere, it also makes the search for alien life akin to looking for a needle in a cosmic haystack.
Volunteers affiliated with an Oxford University citizen astronomy project have discovered more than a dozen new potential planets orbiting in the habitable zones of other stars.
In the second installment of our new series, Dr. Eric Mamajek discusses how planets form and the search for planets outside of our solar system.
Where in previous years a list such as this would be filled with obscure revelations and inconsequential discoveries, 2012 saw science reach new heights, shatter barriers and captivate us in a way that it hasn't in decades.
The prominent feature that allows for the existence of life on Earth is the Sun. Radiation from our closest star provides heat and energy to our planet, driving biological processes and providing the necessary conditions for liquid water to naturally exist. But our Sun is only but one star in this vast Universe. And as it turns out, most stars are quite different than the one that illuminates our day. For this reason, scientists have, for hundreds of years, attempted to study the other...
Xenobiology -- Xenobiology (or exobiology, or astrobiology) is the term for a speculative field within biology which considers the possibility of, and possible nature of, extraterrestrial life. It also necessarily includes the concept of artificial life, since any life form might naturally evolve elsewhere, could conceivably come out of a laboratory using a future technology. It might be difficult to tell whether a truly strange life form had in fact arisen in space, or was designed much...
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