Atmosphere

Measuring the Atmospheres of Other Worlds to See if There are Enough Nutrients for Life

Life on Earth depends on six critical elements: Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Phosphorous, and Sulfur. These elements are referred to…

7 days ago

Finding Atmospheres on Red Dwarf Planets Will Take Hundreds of Hours of Webb Time

The JWST is enormously powerful. One of the reasons it was launched is to examine exoplanet atmospheres to determine their…

3 weeks ago

Improving a 1960s Plan to Explore the Giant Planets

In the 1960s, NASA engineers developed a series of small lifting-body aircraft that could be dropped into the atmosphere of…

4 weeks ago

Another Hycean Planet Found? TOI-270 d

Hycean planets may be able to host life even though they're outside what scientists consider the regular habitable zone. Their…

1 month ago

Planetary Atmospheres: Why study them? What can they teach us about finding life beyond Earth?

Universe Today has surveyed the importance of studying impact craters, planetary surfaces, exoplanets, astrobiology, solar physics, and comets, and what…

2 months ago

If Exoplanets Have Lightning, it’ll Complicate the Search for Life

Discovering exoplanets is almost routine now. We've found over 5,500 exoplanets, and the next step is to study their atmospheres…

2 months ago

Another Explanation for K2-18b? A Gas-Rich Mini-Neptune with No Habitable Surface

Exoplanet K2-18b is garnering a lot of attention. James Webb Space Telescope spectroscopy shows it has carbon and methane in…

3 months ago

NASA Confirms that 2023 was the Hottest Year on Record

After analyzing the temperature data from 2023, NASA has concluded that it was the hottest year on record. This will…

3 months ago

Is K2-18b Covered in Oceans of Water or Oceans of Lava?

In the search for potentially life-supporting exoplanets, liquid water is the key indicator. Life on Earth requires liquid water, and…

3 months ago

A Hot Jupiter With a Comet-Like Tail

About 164 light-years away, a Hot Jupiter orbits its star so closely that it takes fewer than four days to…

3 months ago