Kepler discovers the first planet believed to be very similar to Earth

1992 First exoplanet to orbit a main sequence star is discovered by Aleksander Wolszczan. The first confirmed exoplanet is a ‘hot Jupiter’ which takes 4.2-day to go around its sun. 51Pegasi b. 2005 New Zealand’s Grant Christie and Jenny McCormick discover the second planet found READ MORE

Abnormally high plume observed above surface of Mars Scientists are now working on determining the nature and cause of the plumes by using the Hubble data in combination with the images taken by amateurs

Plumes seen reaching high above the surface of Mars are causing a stir among scientists studying the atmosphere on the Red Planet On two separate occasions in March and April 2012, amateur astronomers reported definite plume-like features developing on the READ MORE

How Long Will Human Civilization Last? Combining fields of sustainability and astrobiology to probe human civilization longevity

Human-caused climate change, ocean acidification and species extinctions may eventually threaten the collapse of civilization, according to some scientists, while other people argue that for political or economic reasons we should allow industrial development to continue without restrictions. In a READ MORE

Stray Stars Between Galaxies Add to the Cosmic Light in the Universe

Using an experiment carried into space on a NASA suborbital rocket, astronomers at Caltech and their colleagues have detected a diffuse cosmic glow that appears to represent more light than that produced by known galaxies in the universe. The researchers, READ MORE

First Direct Detection of Dark Matter Space scientists have detected a curious signal that provides a tantalising insight into the nature of mysterious Dark Matter.

Cutting-edge paper by Professor George Fraser — who tragically died in March this year — and colleagues at the University of Leicester provides first potential indication of direct detection of Dark Matter — something that has been a mystery in READ MORE