Planet-hunting TESS spacecraft finds exoplanet smaller than Earth

The exoplanet is orbiting a small star 35 light years from Earth and is about 80 percent the size of Earth. It orbits its host sun, an M dwarf known as L 98-59, every 2.25 days.

Two Earth-Like Worlds Found Only 12.5 Light-Years Away

An international team of researchers recently detected two new Earth-like planets orbiting Teegarden’s Star, an M-type (red dwarf) star located just 12.5 light-years from the Solar System in the direction of the Aries constellation.

Harsh radiation no barrier to life on nearby exoplanets

Hopes for finding life on four rocky exoplanets relatively close to Earth have been boosted by new modelling that shows biological systems could survive the intense and prolonged bursts of X-ray and UV radiation.

Newly Found Planet Could Host Primitive Life, Study Suggest

Barnard b or GJ 699 b – might have microbes or other simple life in its environment as long as there is a lot of thermal activity within the planet itself. This would theoretically provide enough energy for life to survive.

Geothermal Heating Could Make Life Possible on the exoplanet

According to new study, an extrasolar planet orbiting Barnard’s star, an M-type (red dwarf), that is just 6 light years away could actually support life, assuming the planet experiences enhanced geothermal activity.

15 new planets confirmed around cool dwarf stars

Scientists report the existence of 15 new planets -- including one 'super-Earth' that could harbor liquid water -- orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system.

Closest temperature world orbiting quiet star discovered

A team working with HARPS in Chile has found that the red dwarf star Ross 128 is orbited by a low-mass exoplanet every 9.9 days. The exoplanet is expected to be with a surface temperature close to that of Earth.

A sign of Another close-by planetary system

The ALMA Observatory in Chile has detected dust around the closest star to the Solar System, Proxima Centauri. The data may indicate the presence of an elaborate planetary system.

Potentially habitable super-Earth is a prime target for atmospheric study

The study of alien worlds is entering its next phase as astronomers amass the best planets outside our Solar System to look for signs of life. A newly discovered “super-Earth” has catapulted itself to the top of that list.

Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbit Dim Star

Astronomers have found seven Earth-sized planets around a cool red dwarf, all of which have the potential for liquid surface water.