You Are Now Officially Invited to Nominate Names for Exoplanets

The International Astronomical Union (IAU), which oversees planetary nomenclature, today invited the public to submit and vote on names for recently discovered exoplanets and their parent stars. Anyone wanting to see a planet named "Gallifrey" or "Waist-Deep Cats" – today is the day you've been waiting for. » 7/09/14 10:31am 7/09/14 10:31am

Alastair Reynolds Writes A New Story Inspired By A Surprising Exoplanet

The surprising news that NASA has discovered a potentially habitable planet orbiting Kapetyn's star, only 13 light years from Earth, has motivated Revelation Space author Alastair Reynolds to write a brand new story about a space probe visiting Kapetyn and sending back some sobering data. » 6/04/14 2:24pm 6/04/14 2:24pm

Astronomers Have Discovered A Way To Identify "Earth-Eating Suns"

Solar systems have been known to devour their offspring. Some sun-like stars ingest large amounts of the rocky material from which terrestrial planets such as Earth, Mars and Venus are made. Scientists hope that studying stars with a bad case of the munchies will deepen their understanding about planet formation. » 5/21/14 10:40am 5/21/14 10:40am