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Jul 21, 2014 01:49 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
The role that Earth's oceans have on our planet's habitability is undeniable, but now scientists think that exoplanetary oceans are essential for alien life to evolve. Continue reading →
Jun 30, 2014 03:26 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
In the case of a newly-discovered exoplanet orbiting a star only 16 light-years away, although astronomers may call it 'habitable,' it's likely anything but. Continue reading →
Apr 17, 2014 02:00 PM ET // Irene Klotz
About 500 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus lives a star, which, though smaller and redder than the sun, has a planet that may look awfully familiar.
Dec 11, 2013 04:19 PM ET // Miriam Kramer,
Earth's place in the solar system is just right. It's not too hot, like Venus, and it's not too cold, like Mars, and this 'Goldilocks zone' of habitability around other stars like the sun just might be bigger than thought.
Oct 25, 2013 03:36 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
Carbon-rich planetary systems are likely bone dry, meaning 'diamond planets' probably aren't life's best friend. Continue reading →
Oct 15, 2013 01:57 PM ET // Ian O'Neill
The first detection of a massive exoplanet orbiting within a galactic bulge star's habitable zone has been discovered, leading to the hypothesis that there may be life-giving exomoons in tow. Continue reading →
Oct 1, 2013 12:08 PM ET // Ray Villard
As sun-like stars age, they will force the habitable zone outward, cooking previously life-giving orbits, like Earth's -- ancient red dwarf stars, however, remain stable for much longer, perhaps nurturing vastly more intelligent life. Continue reading →
Sep 17, 2013 09:20 AM ET // Ray Villard
Massive exoplanets inside stellar habitable zones would likely be unsuitable for life as we know it -- but what about the exomoons that are likely in tow? Continue reading →
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