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Lots more habitable planets out there, thanks to clouds

‘ An intriguing new study that calculates the influence of cloud behavior on climate doubles the number of potentially habitable planets orbiting red dwarfs, the most common type of stars in the universe. Data from NASA’s Kepler Mission previously suggested there is approximately one Earth-size planet in the habitable zone of each red dwarf. The […]

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Nearby star may have 3 habitable planets

Astronomers have announced that the star Gliese 667C in the constellation of Scorpius is likely orbited by between five and seven planets and three of those may be habitable. The planets are in the so-called “Goldilocks” zone around the star, where liquid water could exist. Only 22 light years distant, Gliese 667C is about one […]

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Habitable planets galore, suggests Kepler data-crunching

A detailed analysis of the first three years of data from NASA’s Kepler mission, which already has discovered thousands of potential exoplanets, contains good news for those searching for habitable worlds outside our solar system. The findings, presented today at a session during the American Astronomical Society meeting, were compiled by a team of astronomers […]

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Newly discovered exoplanet may be habitable

Planet hunters from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington have discovered an Earth-sized planet orbiting a nearby star at a distance that places it in the “Goldilocks zone” (the orbital zone conducive to harboring life), where liquid water could exist and human habitation might be possible. The new planet […]

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