NASA Confirms the Existence of 715 New Exoplanets

Using a new verification technique, Kepler scientists have confirmed the existence of 715 new exoplanets — four of which are located within their star's habitable zone. It's the single largest windfall of new confirmations at any one time. » 2/26/14 12:10pm 2/26/14 12:10pm

What would the perfect planet be like?

When it comes to habitability, Earth may not provide the best example. Indeed, astrobiologists are saying we should look for planets that are more hospitable to life than ours — a new class of objects they're calling superhabitable worlds. They even know where we should look. » 1/17/14 9:00am 1/17/14 9:00am

New study dramatically changes where we believe aliens might live

A team of astrobiologists has redefined conventional notions of where life can exist within a solar system. They've suggested that life could exist inside planets with inhospitable surfaces. Dubbed "subsurface habitable zones," this new definition of habitable zones means that alien life may be far more prevalent than we … » 1/13/14 12:20pm 1/13/14 12:20pm

Confirmed: A Star System with Three Potentially Habitable Planets!

Late last year, Canadian astronomer Philip Gregory made the controversial claim that there are three habitable zone super-Earths orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 667C. Now, in a separate study, a group of European astronomers are saying he was right. » 6/25/13 9:00am 6/25/13 9:00am

4.5 Billion Potentially Habitable Planets May Orbit Red Dwarfs In Our…

When we look up into the starry sky at night, we only see a small portion of what's really up there. Red dwarfs comprise nearly 75% of all the stars in the Milky Way, yet they remain invisible to the naked eye. Given their predominance, astronomers and astrobiologists are keen to learn more about these small, cool… » 2/07/13 9:00am 2/07/13 9:00am