A controversial claim that the famous ‘Wow!’ signal was produced by comets and not extraterrestrial intelligence has been met with scepticism by radio astronomers and comet experts, sparking a fresh debate about the nature of this mysterious signal.
A sudden dimming in brightness of Tabby’s Star, famed for its large and puzzling fades, has triggered a frenzy of observations as astronomers hurry to try to get to the bottom of what is rapidly become one of the biggest mysteries in astronomy.
Seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting a single ultra-cool dwarf star 40 light years away. Depending on atmospheric conditions, all seven could potentially be habitable, making the system a prime target for scientists hunting for another Earth.
The British Beagle 2 lander likely failed when a solar panel failed to deploy properly, blocking its radio frequency antenna, new 3D modelling and comparison with images of Beagle 2 on the ground have revealed.
The so-called ‘most mysterious star in the galaxy’, also known as KIC 8462852, Tabby’s Star, the WTF (‘where’s the flux’) star and the ‘alien megastructure star’, has become even stranger according to new analysis of old observations from Kepler.
There’s strong new evidence that an undiscovered large planet exists on the fringes of our Solar System, according to two Caltech scientists who have looked at the odd behaviour of numerous distant Kuiper Belt Objects.