Kunimoto’s method of poring through data could help us find proof of extraterrestrial life (Photograph by Alana Paterson)

This young Canadian scientist has found 21 new planets—and counting

Inspired by Star Trek to pursue astronomy, 26-year-old Michelle Kunimoto is one of the whip-smart young scientists who just might help us find the first evidence of extraterrestrial life

Why everyone is excited about an exoplanet named Proxima b

Proxima b is the nearest exoplanet to Earth, and it lies within its star’s habitable zone. That means it could—maybe—host life.

Gravity’s limited horizons

Paul Wells on what the hit film says about humanity’s place in space