Latest Planetary habitability Stories
A dead star, known as a white dwarf, will eventually cool down and fade away because it has no energy source. However, a new study suggests that white dwarfs can still support habitable planets.
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.
A new, habitable super-Earth has been discovered by astronomers orbiting a dwarf star just 42 light years away. The new super-Earth is in the habitable zone, where liquid water and a stable atmosphere could be found on the planet.
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.
Researchers predict that there may be even more planets capable of hosting life out there than previously thought.
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 idea of discovering a new form of life has not only excited astronomers and astrobiologists for decades, but also the wider public.
NASA has selected six planet hunters as the recipients of the 2012 Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowships, named after the late astronomer.
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.
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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