Did ESO find another Earth? The European Southern Observatory will hold a press conference that could have the potential to finally put an end to the rumors and speculations saying that there is a new habitable body found near Earth.
Computer simulations suggests that Venus could have been once habitable 715 million years ago.
If conditions eons ago were a little bit different, the Earth could have been searing and dead while its nearest neighbor Venus could the one lush and teeming with life.
A team of astronomers has recently discovered three habitable alien planets that have Earth-like qualities. Interestingly, these newly discovered exoplanets are orbiting a nearby "ultracool dwarf star" called TRAPPIST-1, shedding more hints that life outside the solar system could be possible.
In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) uses his knowledge of botany to successfully grow potatoes and lengthen his food supply while stranded on Mars. While his methods are sound, researchers are curious about whether it could actually be done.
After examining potentially habitable climates of three exoplanets, two seem to use an air-condition-like system that prevents the planet from getting too hot, according to KU Leuven researchers.
A planetary scientist explains that, with some adaptations, life-forms similar to Earth's could live on other planets' environments as well.
It is no secret that more experts than you can count have turned their attention to the stars, searching for planets that would support Earth-like life. The recent discovery of Kepler 452b, the most Earth-like exoplanet ever found, has even sparked a great deal of public interest. However, it's still unclear if any discovery could actually support life. Now a pair of researchers are claiming to have identified a new way to ensure a little more certainty in this exciting hunt.
It looks like the planet Earth is going to need a bigger family tree... NASA recently announced that their planet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope (KST) has discovered the most Earth-like planet ever seen - the latest addition to a list of 12 exceptionally promising and potentially habitable worlds.
Not too long ago, scientists on the hunt for habitable worlds and extraterrestrial life would have said that the best bet is to look for where there is water. However, they now understand that this sole condition really doesn't do much to narrow things down, as the Universe may very well be awash with the stuff.
The image of Luke Skywalker staring at the twin sunsets of his homeplanet Tatooine captured the imagination of millions of movie watchers everywhere. But now astrophysicists are saying that this desert planet may not be just a thing of science fiction, but a reality.
In the hunt for habitable planets around the galaxy, scientists may have just gotten some help. Remarkable research has, for the first time, suggested that extreme Neptune-like planets have the potential to become rocky, habitable worlds.