Exoplanet 31 light years away could be habitable

Astronomers have discovered a rocky exoplanet about a few dozen light years away from Earth with conditions that could make it habitable.

Astronomers discover two 'super-Earths' orbiting nearby star

The astronomers underlined that the star, these planets are orbiting is the second-coolest star found to host planets after TRAPPIST-1. They added that their finding is the second-most favorable habitable-zone terrestrial planet known so far.

'Super-Earth' That Could Be an Ocean-Covered Water World

It's called TOI-1452b, and measurements of its size and mass suggest a density profile consistent with a global liquid ocean. An exoplanet is just 100 light-years from Earth

New class of habitable exoplanets

The researchers have identified a new class of habitable planets, dubbed 'Hycean' planets - hot, ocean-covered planets with hydrogen-rich atmospheres - which are more numerous and observable than Earth-like planets.

Radioactive elements may be key to exoplanet habitability

As it turns out, organic material, liquid water, sunlight and a large moon might not be enough to ensure an exoplanet’s habitability. It also may depend on whether enough radioactive elements are present in the planet’s core.

There Are 6 Billion Earth-Like Planets in the Milky Way

An Earth-like world is one that’s rocky and that orbits a Sun-like, or G-Type, star. The Milky Way has 400 billion stars, with 7 % of them being G-type, meaning that less than six billion stars may have Earth-like planets in our Galaxy.

New Approach to Finding Extraterrestrial Life

A new study argues that our best chances of using atmospheres to find evidence of life is to broaden our search from focusing on planets like our own to include those with a hydrogen atmosphere.

Earth-size, habitable-zone planet found

A reanalysis of data from NASA's Kepler space telescope has revealed an Earth-size exoplanet orbiting in its star's habitable zone, the area around a star where a rocky planet could support liquid water.

Astronomy student discovers 17 new planets

US astronomy student Michelle Kunimoto has discovered 17 new planets, including a potentially habitable, Earth-sized world, by combing through data gathered by NASA.

A Place on Earth with Liquid Water But No Life

 We get excited when we detect water on another world, which so far hasn’t happened often. But this study shows that the presence of water, though tantalizing and worth pursuing scientifically, guarantees nothing.

New study suggests tighter restrictions on exoplanet habitability

Accounting for the buildup of toxic gases predicted to occur in the atmospheres of most planets narrows the habitable zone for complex life by half and, in some cases, rules it out altogether, the study concludes.

Harsh radiation no barrier to life on nearby exoplanets

Hopes for finding life on four rocky exoplanets relatively close to Earth have been boosted by new modelling that shows biological systems could survive the intense and prolonged bursts of X-ray and UV radiation.

Complex Life Might Require a Very Narrow Habitable Zone

A research into how life evolved on Earth has shown that water alone does not guarantee life – nor does the presence of oxygen gas. And that two other major biosignatures, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide could be needed.

Newly Found Planet Could Host Primitive Life, Study Suggest

Barnard b or GJ 699 b – might have microbes or other simple life in its environment as long as there is a lot of thermal activity within the planet itself. This would theoretically provide enough energy for life to survive.

The Closest Exoplanet Planet Could be Habitable With a Dayside Ocean

A new NASA-led study shows that Proxima b could support the existence of an ocean on its dayside, which means it could still be habitable.