Exoplanets rich in hydrogen and helium may host life, study says

‘Super Earths’ outside our solar system may host lifeforms for a longer period of time than Earth, a new study suggests. Researchers say rocky exoplanets with atmospheres dominated by hydrogen and helium have surfaces warm enough to host liquid water. The presence of liquid water is ‘favourable for life’, so these planets could provide habitable conditions and … Read more

Hot rocky exoplanets may retain a thick atmosphere full of WATER

Hot rocky exoplanets may be able to retain a thick atmosphere of water, according to scientists, who say the discovery should help in the search for habitable worlds. University of Chicago and Stanford University researchers created computer models to explore ways hot, rocky worlds could hold on to their atmospheres for a long time. Thousands of … Read more

High school students deemed ‘youngest astronomers ever’ find four exoplanets 200-light-years away

High school students deemed ‘youngest astronomers ever’ discover four exoplanets 200-light-years away using the space-based TESS  Kartik Pinglé, 16, and Jasmine Wright, 18, discovered four new exoplanets  The pair used the TESS satellite to observe a sun-like star 200-light-years away Three of the planets are sub-Neptunes and the other is a super-Earth  By Stacy Liberatore … Read more

Astronomers find six exoplanets locked in a rhythmic motion

A puzzling line up of six-exoplanets moving in a rhythmic dance as they orbit their star have been discovered in a system 200 light years from Earth. Researchers used the European Space Agency CHEOPS space telescope to detect the unusual explanatory formation – and it could shed light on how systems form.   University of St … Read more

Exo-planets orbiting carbon-rich stars may be made of DIAMONDS

Exo-planets orbiting carbon-rich stars may be made of DIAMONDS due to extreme heat and pressure on these distant worlds Exoplanets circling carbon-rich stars could be mainly diamond and silica, scientists say They subjected silicon carbide and water to extreme heat and pressure The sample turned into diamond, confirming their theory Because they lack geological activity, … Read more

Forty-five known exoplanets possess an Earth-like atmosphere

Astronomers have found at least 45 planets orbiting distant stars that possess Earth-like qualities including a similar atmosphere and life sustaining liquid water.  Experts from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, created a new way to determine the habitability of these distant worlds by studying their atmosphere. The team found a way to use information on ‘atmospheric … Read more

AI algorithm discovers FIFTY new exoplanets orbiting far-off stars by analyzing NASA data

AI algorithm discovers FIFTY new exoplanets orbiting far-off stars by analyzing NASA data – with some larger than Neptune Scientists developed a machine learning algorithm to find exoplanets The system scoured through thousands of candidates and validated 50 planets This is the first time artificial intelligence has validated exoplanets The team says the new planets … Read more