Bad Astronomy 11 Feb 2020, 14:00 UTC As I write this, over 4,100 exoplanets — planets orbiting other stars — have been discovered, with more found nearly every day. The first was announced in 1992 and things progressed slowly at first, but we now have dedicated space missions looking for them, and that total number has and will continue increase a lot.
Bad Astronomy 10 Feb 2020, 14:00 UTC CHEOPS is a European Space Agency exoplanet hunting mission — the CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite*. It will look at bright stars already known to host exoplanets, taking extremely accurate measurements of their brightness over time.
Scientific American 10 Feb 2020, 11:45 UTC A flare predicted for this spring could confirm the object is indeed two monstrous black holes coming together
The Planetary Society Blog 7 Feb 2020, 16:50 UTC NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is packed and ready for shipping to Kennedy Space Center for launch. The rover will lift off in July or August and arrive on Mars in February 2021. There, it will search for signs of past and present life, while collecting soil and rock samples for future return to Earth. However, the missions that will return the samples to Earth still need to be formally approved and funded. Learn more about the Mars 2020 rover here.
Scientific American 7 Feb 2020, 14:45 UTC Astronomers are puzzling over how this cosmic giant arose and expired so quickly in the early universe
Universe Today 6 Feb 2020, 17:40 UTC A trio of space travelers returned to Earth this morning from the International Space Station, including NASA astronaut Christina Koch, who set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman, at 326 straight days. Also coming home was ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano, who has now spent a total of 367 days in space (in two missions), more days than any ESA astronaut in history.