Reasons to Believe

Extrasolar Planets

  • A Recap of Unexpected Exoplanet Finds

    As the list of known exoplanets continues to grow (almost 1,800 entries at present), the data indicate that most stars play host to planets—this means tens of billions of planets exist in the … more

  • Exoplanets: What Does Habitable Mean?

    “INCONCEIVABLE!” So repeats the great Vizzini in The Princess Bride to his companions Inigo Montoya and Fezzik. Finally, Inigo replies, “You keep using that word. I do not think it … more

  • 3 Surprising New Exoplanet Finds

    The Christmas season usually brings the arrival of presents. Although I have few real needs, I enjoy opening these gifts. Mainly, the anticipation of what the gift might contain causes my excitement. … more

  • Diamond Planets not Life Candidates

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, Diamond Planets Likely Dry and Inhospitable for Alien Life, http://news.yahoo.com/diamond-planets-likely-dry-inhospitable-alien-life-114154164.html more

  • Podcast Highlight: A Treasure Chest of Discoveries

    The month of July has been chock-full of scientific breakthroughs. RTB’s flagship podcast, Science News Flash (SNF), seeks to address some of these headline-grabbing discoveries and evaluate … more

  • Colbalt Blue Exoplanet

    You might have seen- Space.com, Strange Blue World; http://www.space.com/21928-alien-planet-blue-color-revealed.html more

  • First Photo of Alien Planet Forming Captured

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, 1st Photo of Alien Planet Forming Snapped by Telescopet, Feb 28, 2013; http://news.yahoo.com/1st-photo-alien-planet-forming-snapped-telescope-153016924.html more

  • Smallest Extrasolar Planet Yet Discovered

    You might have seen- Fox News, Found Tiny Moon Size Alien World Smallest Exoplanet, Feb 21, 2013; http://news.yahoo.com/found-tiny-moon-size-alien-world-smallest-exoplanet-182244779.html more

  • Grand by Design

    It’s as busy as Grand Central Station. This New York landmark, correctly referred to as Grand Central Terminal, is often thought of as the epitome of chaos. Rightfully so. I happened to be there … more

  • Explaining the Mass-Period Relations of Exoplanets

    The first extrasolar planet discovered was found in 1995 orbiting the star 51 Pegasi.1 At that time, most astronomers presumed we would eventually discover many planets manifesting characteristics … more