NASA to Expand its Search for Earth-like Planets

The search for Earth 2.0 just got more serious. NASA has teamed up with MIT scientists to expand the search for planets beyond our solar system. The mission's primary goal: identify terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of their parent stars – the region surrounding a star where it is possible for a planet to… » 4/09/13 9:10am 4/09/13 9:10am

Mirror Solar System Found. Evil Spock Not Amused.

Astronomers didn't need a transporter mishap to find a mirror solar system, just new gravitational lensing techniques. They spotted two gas giants analogous to Saturn and Jupiter orbiting a star in Sagittarius that's about 5,000 light years away. Getting there would involve a five-year trip at Warp 8, in case you… » 4/08/08 7:40am 4/08/08 7:40am