News tagged with habitable planet

Magnetic fields are crucial to exomoon habitability

Astronomers believe that hidden deep within the wealth of data collected by NASA's Kepler mission are minuscule signatures confirming the presence of exomoons. With such a promising discovery on the horizon, ...

Sep 27, 2013
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Pulverized planet dust might lie around double stars

(PhysOrg.com) -- Tight double-star systems might not be the best places for life to spring up, according to a new study using data from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The infrared observatory spotted a surprisingly ...

Aug 23, 2010
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Life may be harder to identify on some exoplanets

Finding life on exoplanets may be more difficult than people thought, said Feng Tian, a professor at the Center for Earth System Science at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The report was presented last week to the ...

Oct 11, 2013
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Astronomers spot second smallest exoplanet

(PhysOrg.com) -- Astronomers from the California Institute of Technology and other institutions, using the highly sensitive 10-meter Keck I telescope atop Hawaii's Mauna Kea, have detected an extrasolar planet ...

Jan 13, 2010
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Video: The diversity of habitable zones and the planets

The field of exoplanets has rapidly expanded from the exclusivity of exoplanet detection to include exoplanet characterization. A key step towards this characterization is the determination of which planets occupy the Habitable ...

Jul 24, 2014
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Has Kepler found ideal SETI-target planets?

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered a new planetary system that is home to five small planets around a slightly smaller star than our Sun. Two of them are super-Earth planets, most likely made of rock or ice ...

Apr 22, 2013
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Eyeball earths

Alien worlds resembling giant eyeballs might exist around red dwarf stars, and researchers are now proposing experiments to simulate these distant planets and see how capable they are of supporting life.

May 03, 2013
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Kepler mission discovers 461 new planet candidates

(Phys.org)—NASA's Kepler mission Monday announced the discovery of 461 new planet candidates. Four of the potential new planets are less than twice the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's "habitable ...

Jan 08, 2013
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Was Venus once a habitable planet?

(PhysOrg.com) -- ESA's Venus Express is helping planetary scientists investigate whether Venus once had oceans. If it did, it may even have begun its existence as a habitable planet similar to Earth.

Jun 24, 2010
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Detecting Life-Friendly Moons

The search for life-friendly real estate around distant stars doesn't have to be limited to planets. New research shows that habitable exomoons can be detected with a new method using current technology.

Oct 26, 2009
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Finding a new Earth: Holy grail of astronomy

(Phys.org) -- Determining the habitability of rocky, Earth-like planets in the universe will be crucial for us as a species, according to scientists from The Australian National University.

Apr 27, 2012
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