Habitability

The Color of Habitable Worlds

“This is where we live. On a Blue Dot.” said Carl Sagan when the now famous Pale Blue Dot photo…

1 month ago

The Search for Superhabitable Planets. Worlds Even More Habitable Than Earth

REMINDER: - Universe Today will be hosting an interview with Dr. Dirk Schulze-Makuch, co-author of the research featured in this…

2 months ago

Just How Bad are Superflares to a Planet’s Habitability?

Star's can be full of surprises; some of them nasty. While our own Sun appears pretty placid, science has shown…

2 months ago

More Evidence that Europa’s Oceans Could be Habitable

At first glance, Jupiter's moon Europa doesn't seem much like Earth. It's a moon, not a planet, and it's covered…

5 months ago

Astronomers Estimate There Are 6 Billion Earth-Like Planets in the Milky Way

Six billion Earth-like planets in the Milky Way? If true, that's astounding. But the number needs some context. The Milky…

5 months ago

Ocean Circulation Might Be the Key to Finding Habitable Exoplanets

We've found thousands and thousands of exoplanets now. And spacecraft like TESS will likely find thousands and thousands more of…

6 months ago

Worlds With Hydrogen in Their Atmospheres Could Be the Perfect Place to Search for Life

We're waiting patiently for telescopes like the James Webb Space Telescope to see first light, and one of the reasons…

7 months ago

NASA’s Perseverance Rover is Going to Jezero Crater, Which is Looking Better and Better as a Place to Search for Evidence of Past Life on Mars

In 2018, NASA decided that the landing site for its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover would be the Jezero Crater. At…

7 months ago

Astronomers Define the “Really Habitable Zone”. Planets Capable of Producing Gin and Tonic

A hospitable star that doesn't kill you with deadly flares. A rocky planet with liquid water and an agreeable climate.…

8 months ago

How Will Clouds Obscure the View of Exoplanet Surfaces?

A new study shows how the presence of a cloud layer could make it harder for the James Webb Space…

8 months ago