sep 082012
 
Composition of Star Determines the Habitability of Planets

  A star’s internal chemistry can doom a planet’s life long before the star itself dies A new study by Arizona State University researchers suggests that the host star’s chemical makeup can also impact conditions of habitability of planets that orbit them. Image Credit: NASA The search for potentially habitable planets involves discussion of what [continue reading]

apr 032012
 
Getting to Know the Goldilocks Planet

NASA’s Kepler spacecraft is discovering a veritable avalanche of alien worlds. Recent finds include planets with double suns, massive “super-Earths” and “hot Jupiters,” and a miniature solar system. The variety of planets circling distant suns is as wonderful as it is surprising. As the numbers mount, it seems to be just a matter of time [continue reading]