jun 302014
Nearby Earth-like planet found: Gliese 832c

A University of New South Wale (UNSW)-led team of researchers has discovered a potentially habitable Earth-like planet that is only 16 light years away. An artist’s impression of the new planet and Earth. Image Credit: PHL, University of Puerto Rica, Arecibo The “super-Earth” planet, GJ 832c, takes 16 days to orbit its red-dwarf star, GJ [continue reading]

mrt 152013
Earth-Sized Planets in Habitable Zones are Rather Common

  The number of potentially habitable planets is greater than previously thought, according to a new analysis by a Penn State researcher, and some of those planets are likely lurking around nearby stars. The graphic shows optimistic and conservative habitable zone boundaries around cool, low mass stars. The numbers indicate the names of known Kepler [continue reading]

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]