Planets Formed - Stellar Nursery

Planets Form From Stardust – Rapidly and Frequently

Planets form by gathering dust, not from smaller bodies crashing into each other. Find out why this is both promising and thrilling for the search for life. (4:00 min read)

Earthlike Planet Found by NASA’s TESS

Earthlike planets are the target of NASA and MIT's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). This week TESS found its first earth-sized planet orbiting in its suns' habitable zone. Find out why NASA scientists are calling this discovery "exciting." (4:00 min read)

Exoplanet Giant Orbiting White Dwarf Star

Exoplanet Giant Orbiting Tiny White Dwarf

A giant exoplanet has been discovered orbiting a tiny white dwarf star only a quarter of the planet's size. That's right, the planet is far larger in size than its star. Find out why this matters to our search for life on other worlds. (4:30 min read)