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New Technique Finds Water in Exoplanet Atmospheres

by Jason Major February 25, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter As more and more exoplanets are identified and confirmed by various observational methods, the still-elusive “holy grail” is the discovery of a truly Earthlike world… one of the hallmarks of which is the presence of liquid water. And while it’s true […]

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Super-Earths Could Be More ‘Superhabitable’ Than Planets Like Ours

by Elizabeth Howell February 4, 2014

Alien planets that are slightly bigger than Earth could be more life-friendly than exoplanets closer to our own size, a new study implies. These so-called “super-Earths” that are about two to three times that of our own planet could be “superhabitable” — implying that our own planet is a rare bird indeed when it comes to being good […]

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Super-Earth’s Probable Water Atmosphere Revealed In Blue Light

by Elizabeth Howell September 4, 2013

Playing with the filters on a telescope can show us amazing things. In a recent case, Japanese astronomers looked at the star Gilese 1214 in blue light and watched its “super-Earth” planet (Gliese 1214 b, or GJ 1214 b) passing across the surface from the viewpoint of Earth. The result — a probable detection of […]

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Astronomers Find Tantalizing Hints of a Potentially Habitable Exoplanet

by Jason Major November 8, 2012

Dwarf star HD 40307 is now thought to host at least 6 exoplanet candidates… one of them well within its habitable zone. (G. Anglada/Celestia) Located 43 light-years away in the southern constellation Pictor, the orange-colored dwarf star HD 40307 has previously been found to hold three “super-Earth” exoplanets in close orbit. Now, a team of […]

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Exoplanet Gliese 581g Makes the Top 5

by Jason Major July 20, 2012

Exoplanet Gliese 581g is back, and “officially” ranking #1 on a list of potentially habitable worlds outside of our solar system thanks to new research from the team that originally announced its discovery in 2010. Orbiting a star 20 light-years away, the super-Earth is now listed alongside other exoplanets Gliese 667Cc, Kepler-22b, HD85512 and Gliese 581d […]

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