Why are we now? We know that the universe is roughly 14 billion years old, and that someday it is likely to end—perhaps because of a Big Freeze, Big Rip or Big Crunch.
Looking for another Earth? An international team of researchers has pinpointed which of the more than 4,000 exoplanets discovered by NASA's Kepler mission are most likely to be similar to our rocky home.
KU Leuven astronomers have shown that the interaction between the surface and the atmosphere of an exoplanet has major consequences for the temperature on the planet. This temperature, in turn, is a crucial element in the ...
If conditions had been just a little different an eon ago, there might be plentiful life on Venus and none on Earth.
Astronomers have found a plethora of planets around nearby stars. And it appears that Earth-sized planets in habitable zones are probably common.
A distant planet known as Kepler-62f could be habitable, a team of astronomers reports.
New research has revealed that fewer than predicted planets may be capable of harbouring life because their atmospheres keep them too hot.
It is a well-known fact that all stars have a lifespan. This begins with their formation, then continues through their main sequence phase (which constitutes the majority of their life) before ending in death. In most cases, ...
Researchers pioneer new calibration strategies for detecting 'habitable' planets outside the solar system
EU researchers have pioneered new calibration strategies for detecting "habitable" planets outside our solar system – with impressive results already.
All throughout the universe, there are stars in varying phases and ages. The oldest detected Kepler planets (exoplanets found using NASA's Kepler telescope) are about 11 billion years old, and the planetary diversity suggests ...