News tagged with habitable planet

NASA designs new space telescope optics

Although hundreds of planets orbiting other stars have been discovered in the past 15 years, we cannot yet answer the age-old question of whether any of these planets are capable of sustaining life. However, new NASA technology ...

dateFeb 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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Can life emerge on planets around cooling stars?

(—Astronomers find planets in strange places and wonder if they might support life. One such place would be in orbit around a white or brown dwarf. While neither is a star like the sun, both glow and so could be ...

dateNov 20, 2012 in Astronomy
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Kepler wraps prime mission, begins extension

(—NASA is marking two milestones in the search for planets like Earth; the successful completion of the Kepler Space Telescope's three-and-a-half-year prime mission and the beginning of an extended mission that ...

dateNov 15, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Can astronomers detect exoplanet oceans?

Detecting water on the surface of exoplanets is becoming a high priority for researchers, as surface water is considered a requirement for habitability. New research examines whether or not the "glint" of light from a planet ...

dateJul 13, 2012 in Astronomy
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