Dying stars' planets can still host life

Life may well exist on planets orbiting dying stars - and, if it does, there's a good chance we'll find it within the next decade, say astrophysicists.

Our galaxy could hold thousands of 'time-bomb' stars

Astrophysicist Rosanne Di Stefano compares it to the Hollywood blockbuster 'Speed' - a newly-described type of star that's destined to explode if it slows down.

Exoplanet is blacker than coal

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet that's blacker than coal - a distant, Jupiter-sized gas giant known as TrES-2b that reflects less than one percent of the sunlight falling on it.

Exoplanet aurorae 'a thousand times' brighter than ours

Aurorae on many planets could make our own Northern and Southern lights look like a flickering candle, new research has shown.