Two Billion Reasons Why We're About to Find Earth 2

Planet-hunting scientists announced today that 22% of sunlike stars in the Milky Way are orbited by potentially habitable, Earth-size worlds. This remarkable finding indicates that there may be as many as two billion planets in our galaxy suitable for life — and that the nearest such planet may be only 12 light-years… » 11/04/13 1:42pm 11/04/13 1:42pm

SETI Conducts First Ever Targeted Search For Intelligent Life On…

In what is its most targeted search to date, the SETI Institute has scanned 86 potentially habitable solar systems for signs of radio signals. Needless to say, the search came up short (otherwise the headline of this article would have been dramatically different), but the initiative is finally offering some… » 2/08/13 12:24pm 2/08/13 12:24pm

Five new planets discovered just 12 light-years away

Another day, another mind-bending celestial discovery. It was only yesterday that we told you about Philip Gregory's claim that there are three planets sitting inside Gliese 667C's habitable zone (his paper is still under review and is yet to be published). And now, Hugh Jones of the University of Hertfordshire and… » 12/19/12 7:00am 12/19/12 7:00am

Astronomer discovers three potentially habitable planets orbiting…

Canadian astronomer Philip Gregory has confirmed that there are three habitable zone planets orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 667C. The star, which is part of a trinary star system, is only 22 light-years away and it features a planet that's only twice the mass of Earth — making it the lowest mass planet found in a… » 12/18/12 9:00am 12/18/12 9:00am

Newly discovered super-Earth is one of the best candidates for life yet

European astronomers using the HARPS planet searcher have detected a super-Earth orbiting an orange dwarf star that's only 44 light years away. The researchers aren't entirely sure if it's a rocky planet or not, but it does have a number of key features that make it an excellent candidate for life, including its… » 11/08/12 7:00am 11/08/12 7:00am

Further evidence that there are many habitable planets for humans to…

An international team of scientists working at European HARPS have announced the discovery of a large rocky planet residing within the stellar habitable zone of the red dwarf star Gliese 163. That increases the number of known potentially habitable planets to six — the majority of which have been discovered in the… » 8/31/12 2:30pm 8/31/12 2:30pm