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exoplanet water vapor

Hubble just detected water vapor around a distant exoplanet

September 11th, 2019

In the ongoing search for life beyond Earth, astronomers studying distant exoplanets are looking for a few key ingredients. For starters, a planet has to be close enough to its host star to receive sufficient heat, but far enough away that it’s not boiling hot. Second, and equally as important, is the presence of water, …

exoplanet life

Earth might not be the best place for life after all

August 23rd, 2019

In the ongoing search for worlds outside of our solar system, scientists often compare newly-discovered planets with our own as they offer educated guesses about their potential to support life. It makes sense since Earth is the only planet we know of that has life on it, but what if Earth’s life-giving condition are actually …

europa clipper mission

NASA confirms plans to send spacecraft to Jupiter’s frozen ocean moon

August 20th, 2019

Astronomers dedicate their careers to unlocking the mysteries of space, and while not all of them are constantly searching for evidence of extraterrestrial life, finding it would likely be the biggest discovery in the history of science. There aren’t any other Earth-like planets in our solar system, so we don’t expect to find intelligent life …