habitable zone

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…

2 months ago

Ocean Worlds With Hydrogen-Rich Atmospheres Could be the Perfect Spots for Life

A new study has identified another class of exoplanet that could drastically increase the odds of finding life beyond the…

3 months ago

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

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.…

2 years ago

Without a Magnetosphere, Planets Orbiting Flare Stars Don’t Stand a Chance

Earthlings are fortunate. Our planet has a robust magnetic shield. Without out magnetosphere, the Sun's radiation would've probably ended life…

2 years 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

Better Than Earth? Are There Superhabitable Worlds In The Milky Way?

I’ve said many times in the past that the Earth is the best planet in the Universe. No matter where…

2 years ago

There Could be Planets Out There Which are Even More Habitable than Earth

According to a recent study presented at this year's Goldschmidt Geochemistry Congress, there may be exoplanets out there that are…

2 years ago

Snowball Exoplanets Might Be Better for Life Than We Thought

When astronomers discover a new exoplanet, one of the first considerations is if the planet is in the habitable zone,…

2 years ago