It's another step in the alien hunt. Astronomers identify the group of planets that are best suited for life, narrowing down the field for the long-running search for extraterrestrial life.
Super-Earths may want to back off a bit. A new study revealed a new class of planets outside our own solar system with atmospheres stripped away by their host stars.
Scientists have successfully re-created super-Earths and the cores of giant planets in the lab, hoping to shed some light on the formation of Earth-like planets and the evolutionary processes involved in creating these exotic worlds.
Scientists may have just gotten some encouragement in their search for other habitable worlds. According to new research, super-Earths likely harbor long-lasting oceans, a hallmark recipe for life on far-away planets.
Located a mere 70 light-years from Earth, astronomers have uncovered the identity of a planet roughly twice the diameter of our own planet and a little less than eight time its mass. Orbiting a star named HD 97658, the neighbor falls in a class of planets known as super-Earths.