goldilocks zone

The Elements for Life Depend on Both how and Where a Planet Forms

A new study by a team from Rice University has shown that where a planet forms in its star system…

6 months ago

Astronomers are Starting to Find Planets in Much Longer Orbits. Cooler, More Habitable Planets

We're getting better and better at detecting exoplanets. Using the transit method of detection, the Kepler Space Telescope examined over…

1 year ago

Planet Sizes Matter for Habitability Too.

In order to be considered habitable, a planet needs to have liquid water. Cells, the smallest unit of life, need…

2 years ago

TRAPPIST-1 System Ideal For Life Swapping

A new study of the TRAPPIST-1 system indicates that life-swapping may take place between the planets in its habitable zone,…

5 years ago

Huge News, Seven Earth-Sized Worlds Orbiting a Red Dwarf, Three in the Habitable Zone

In what is the biggest announcement in exoplanet-hunting history, NASA has announced the discovery of seven rocky exoplanets around a…

5 years ago

What is the Earth’s Average Temperature?

Earth is the only planet in our Solar System where life is known to exists. Note the use of the…

6 years ago

What is the Habitable Zone?

We've found hundreds of exoplanets in the galaxy. But only a few of them have just the right combination of…

6 years ago

New Research Suggests Better Ways To Seek Out Pale Blue Dots

The search for worlds beyond our own is one of humankind's greatest quests. Scientists have found thousands of exoplanets orbiting…

7 years ago

Water-Trapped Worlds Possible Around Red Dwarf Stars?

Hunters of alien life may have a new and unsuspected niche to scout out. A recent paper submitted by Associate…

8 years ago

Possible Subterranean Life Means More Exoplanets Could Harbor Life

Artistic representation of the current five known potential habitable worlds. Will this list broaden under a new habitability model? Credit:…

9 years ago