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White Dwarf Search May Yield Habitable Planets
2013-04-25 05:25:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A dead star, known as a white dwarf, will eventually cool down and fade away because it has no energy source. A new study led by Professor Dan Maoz of Tel Aviv University's School of Physics and Astronomy suggests that white dwarfs can still support habitable planets. The team, which includes Prof. Avi Loeb, Director of Harvard University's Institute for Theory and Computation and a Sackler Professor by Special Appointment at TAU,...

Earth-like Planets Could Be More Common Than Previously Believed
2013-03-13 04:45:39

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from Penn State's Department of Geosciences suggests that the number of potentially habitable planets is greater than previously thought, and that some of those planets are likely to be found around nearby stars. "We now estimate that if we were to look at 10 of the nearest small stars we would find about four potentially habitable planets, give or take," said Ravi Kopparapu, a post-doctoral researcher in geosciences....

Goldilocks Zone Serves Up Another Super Earth
2012-11-09 05:00:30

[ Watch the Video: New Habitable Zone Super-Earth Found in ExoSolar System ] John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Mankind´s fascination with the possibility of life on other worlds has been a mainstay of science fiction for more than a century. But it wasn´t until the last decade that we possessed the technology to begin searching in earnest for habitable planets outside of our solar system. While the tally of new worlds has seen a surge...

Strange Exoplanet Environments May Be Suitable For Extreme Lifeforms
2012-09-12 12:42:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the hunt for the elusive "blue dot" exoplanet — a planet with roughly the same characteristics as Earth — astronomers have discovered a veritable rogue's gallery of oddballs. From scorching hot worlds with molten surfaces to frigid ice balls, the planets outside our solar system are vastly different. New research, published in the Astrobiology journal, reveals that life might actually be able to survive on some of the...

Habitable Zone Planets Could Be Numerous
2012-09-11 12:14:34

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers predict that there may be even more planets capable of hosting life out there than previously thought. Scientists presenting at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen said that new computer models may show there are far more planets that lie in the "habitable zone" than previously estimated. A new model allows scientists to identify planets that contain underground water which is still in the state of a liquid through...

2012-09-05 10:20:26

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of...

2012-09-05 16:17:47

NASA has awarded five-year grants totaling almost $40 million to five research teams to study the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe. The newly selected teams are from the University of Washington; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; University of Wisconsin, Madison; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and University of Southern California. Average funding to the teams is almost $8 million each. The interdisciplinary teams will become members of...

Is The Possibly Of New Life Forms Really So Alien?
2012-05-09 07:44:18

The idea of discovering a new form of life has not only excited astronomers and astrobiologists for decades, but also the wider public. The notion that we are the only example of a successful life form in the galaxy has, for many, seemed like an unlikely statistic, as we discover more and more habitable planetary bodies and hear yet more evidence of life's ability to survive in extreme conditions. A new essay, published May 8 in the online, open-access journal PLoS Biology, examines what...

NASA Announces 2012 Carl Sagan Fellows
2012-04-03 04:13:52

NASA has selected six planet hunters as the recipients of the 2012 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships, named after the late astronomer. The fellowship was created to inspire the next generation of explorers seeking to learn more about planets, and possibly life, around other stars. The Sagan Fellowship's primary goal is to support outstanding recent postdoctoral scientists in conducting independent research related to the science goals of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program....

Earth Siblings Can Be Different
2012-02-24 04:34:11

Chemical clues on the formation of planetary systems The study of the photospheric stellar abundances of the planet-host stars is the key to understanding how protoplanets form, as well as which protoplanetary clouds evolve planets and which do not. These studies, which have important implications for models of giant planet formation and evolution, also help us to investigate the internal and atmospheric structure and composition of extrasolar planets.. Theoretical studies suggest that...


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Planetary Astronomy
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Image Caption: Artistic concept of a planetary system. Credit: Wikipedia/NASA/JPL-Caltech The term Astronomy encompasses a broad range of topics, including the study of stars, galaxies, and planets. In order to focus on the different areas of study, many subfields of astronomy emerge. One such area is the study of planets known, appropriately, as Planetary Astronomy. Observational Planetary Astronomy Even within the field of Planetary Astronomy, there are several divisions to...

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