nov 182013
 
New Models Aid the Search for Earth-Like Planets

  Researchers from Bern have developed a method to simplify the search for Earth-like planets: By using new theoretical models they rule out the possibility of Earth-like conditions, and therefore life, on certain planets outside our Solar System – and limit their search by doing so. An artist’s perception of the planet Kepler-22b, discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. [continue reading]

apr 042013
 
Finding Some 100 Billion Earth-Like Planets by a New Technique

  Researchers at The University of Auckland have proposed a new method for finding Earth-like planets and they anticipate that the number will be in the order of 100 billion. Most of the discovered extrasolar planets lie within 300 light-years of the Solar System. Image Credit: NASA/JPL The strategy uses a technique called gravitational microlensing, currently [continue reading]