Earth-like planets

Rocky Planets Might Need to be the Right age to Support Life

In a new study, a team of Earth scientists shows how scientists could look for signs of a carbon-silicate cycle…

4 days ago

Future Telescopes Could be Seeing the Wrong Planets

When we directly observe distant worlds, some exoplanets might appear Earth-like, even when they are not.

2 weeks ago

There are Probably Many More Earth-Sized Worlds Than Previously Believed

In the past decade, the discovery of extrasolar planets has accelerated immensely. To date, 4,424 exoplanets have been confirmed in…

3 months ago

To Take the Best Direct Images of Exoplanets With Space Telescopes, we’re Going to Want Starshades

The Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS) has released a special edition of papers dedicated to educating the…

4 months ago

Most Exoplanets won’t Receive Enough Radiation to Support an Earth-Like Biosphere

According to new research, most extrasolar planets do not get enough radiation to support photosynthesis, which places limits on how…

4 months ago

Super-Earth Conditions Simulated in the Lab to Discover if They’re Habitable

Researchers recently simulated what geological conditions would be like on Super-Earths, and found that a few known exoplanets are worth…

8 months ago

Some Stars Could Support as Many as 7 Habitable Planets

A new study by a team of astronomers and planetary scientists calculate that some stars could have as many as…

1 year 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…

1 year ago

Astronomers Have Found the Star/Exoplanet Combo That’s the Best Twin to the Sun/Earth

At times, it seems like there's an indundation of announcements featuring discoveries of "Earth-like" planets. And while those announcements are…

1 year ago

An Earth-Sized World Orbiting in its Star’s Habitable Zone Was Found in Older Kepler Data

Searching through archival Kepler data has revealed another exoplanet around Kepler-1649, the most Earth-like exoplanet discovered to date

2 years ago