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 →
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 →
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.
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.
Carbon-rich planetary systems are likely bone dry, meaning 'diamond planets' probably aren't life's best friend. Continue reading →
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 →
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 →
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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