Latest Habitable zone Stories
In one of the longest range weather forecasts ever made, a team of UK scientists has determined that the sun’s growing intensity will lead to the evaporation of the oceans and end of life on Earth in about 1.8 to 3.2 billion years.
The search for a habitable planet beyond Earth is on. And with new techniques emerging, we are able to characterize the atmospheres of these planets more fully.
Scientists from MIT have discovered an exoplanet 700 light-years away that fully orbits its host star every 8.5 hours, noting it has one of the shortest orbital periods ever detected.
After spending several months attempting to restore the Kepler Space Telescope to full working order, NASA announced on Thursday it was throwing in the towel – though the observatory could continue to function in a somewhat limited capacity.
When a planet absorbs too much solar radiation, its atmosphere reaches a tipping point - overheating, boiling its oceans and filling with steam. This 'runaway greenhouse' effect results is an uninhabitable world much like Venus.
NASA is launching a last-ditch "Hail Mary" attempt to try and bring its Kepler mission back to life. The US space agency said that over the next week, the Kepler team will attempt tests to explore recovery of the spacecraft's reaction wheels, which failed back in May
According to a new study published in the journal Astrobiology, planets orbiting cooler stars may be more likely to remain ice-free than planets around hotter stars.
The hunt is on for planets that, like Earth, have the conditions necessary for life to survive on their surfaces. But what exactly are scientists looking for? Earlier this week, NASA officials shed a little light on precisely what conditions they are seeking on worlds located beyond our solar system.
The presence of an atmosphere - among many other factors - is vital for the evolution of life as we know it on a planet. However, this seemingly simple requirement is bathed in a multitude of variables that can affect its creation and existence.
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