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  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Habitable Worlds

    03/03/2014 5:30:33 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies
    NASA ^ | March 03, 2014 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: Is Earth the only known world that can support life? In an effort to find life-habitable worlds outside our Solar System, stars similar to our Sun are being monitored for slight light decreases that indicate eclipsing planets. Many previously-unknown planets are being found, including over 700 worlds recently uncovered by NASA's Kepler satellite. Depicted above in artist's illustrations are twelve extrasolar planets that orbit in the habitable zones of their parent stars. These exoplanets have the right temperature for water to be a liquid on their surfaces, and so water-based life on Earth might be able to survive on...
  • Five potential habitable exoplanets now

    07/20/2012 11:14:12 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    Phys.org ^ | July 20,2012 | Staff
    New data suggest the confirmation of the exoplanet Gliese 581g and the best candidate so far of a potential habitable exoplanet. The nearby star Gliese 581 is well known for having four planets with the outermost planet, Gliese 581d, already suspected habitable. This will be the first time evidence for any two potential habitable exoplanets orbiting the same star. Gliese 581g will be included, together with Gliese 667Cc, Kepler-22b, HD85512, and Gliese 581d, in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog of the PHL @ UPR Arecibo as the best five objects of interest for Earth-like exoplanets. Doubts about the existence of Gliese...
  • Claim of Alien Signal from Planet Gliese 581g Called 'Very Suspicious'

    10/12/2010 2:48:06 PM PDT · by Duke C. · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Space.com ^ | Oct. 11, 2010 | Denise Chow
    The recent discovery of Gliese 581g, an alien planet in the habitable zone of another star, has been an exciting development for scientists probing the galaxy for signs of extraterrestrial life. At least one claim of a possible signal from the planet has already surfaced – and been met with harsh skepticism among the science community. Following the Sept. 29 announcement of the discovery of Gliese 581g, astronomer Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, claimed to have detected a suspicious pulse of light nearly two years ago, that came from the same area of the galaxy...
  • 2011 preview: Expect Earth's Twin Planet

    12/21/2010 3:23:40 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 29 replies · 1+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12/21/2010 | New Scientist
    In 2010, one new exoplanet appeared every four days or so; by the end of the year, the total topped 500. But in September, a truly exceptional find punctuated this steady drumbeat of discovery: the first alien planet that could host life on its surface. Gliese 581 g, spotted by a team led by Steven Vogt of the University of California, Santa Cruz, inhabits a "Goldilocks" zone around its host star, a band just warm enough to boast liquid water. At 3.1 to 4.3 times the mass of Earth, it is also small enough that it should be made...
  • Astronomer Stands By Discovery of Alien Planet Gliese 581g Amid Doubts

    10/16/2010 4:52:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    SPACE.com Senior Writer ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Mike Wall
    Despite the doubts raised recently over the existence of the potentially habitable alien world Gliese 581g, the planet's co-discoverer is standing behind his find. Steven Vogt, leader of the team that detected Gliese 581g, said he respects the work of the researchers who questioned the planet's existence yesterday (Oct. 12). He said he cannot comment on the scientists' results, since he hasn't seen their data. But he has confidence in his own team's conclusions... Vogt added that he looks forward to reading the other team's results when they're published in a peer-reviewed journal. He's not necessarily expecting Gliese 581g to...
  • Confirmed Exoplanets Could Reach 500 by the End of This Month

    10/16/2010 4:48:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Popular Science ^ | Tuesday, October 12, 2010 | Clay Dillow
    If it seems like a new extrasolar planet is discovered every week these days, that's because there is. In fact, the rate is actually faster than one per week -- 70 have been discovered thus far this year alone, bringing the overall tally of confirmed exoplanets at 494. At that pace we very well might hit exoplanet number 500 before the end of this month... The first definitive exoplanet was confirmed in 1992, and it's taken us almost two decades to cross the 500 threshold. But given the drastic uptick in discoveries and the increased scientific emphasis on exoplanet discovery,...
  • Strange Signal Comes From Alien Planet, Scientist Says

    10/11/2010 12:56:43 PM PDT · by TaraP · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11th, 2010
    The recent discovery of Gliese 581g, an alien planet in the habitable zone of another star, has been an exciting development for scientists probing the galaxy for signs of extraterrestrial life. At least one claim of a possible signal from the planet has already surfaced – and been met with harsh skepticism among the science community. Following the Sept. 29 announcement of the discovery of Gliese 581g, astronomer Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, claimed to have detected a suspicious pulse of light nearly two years ago, that came from the same area of the galaxy...
  • spotted 'mysterious pulse of light' from direction of newly-discovered '2nd Earth' two years ago

    10/01/2010 3:22:54 AM PDT · by tlb · 128 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 1st October 2010 | Niall Firth
    An astronomer picked up a mysterious pulse of light coming from the direction of the newly discovered Earth-like planet almost two years ago, it has emerged. Dr Ragbir Bhathal, a scientist at the University of Western Sydney, picked up the odd signal in December 2008, long before it was announced that the star Gliese 581 has habitable planets in orbit around it. Dr Bhathal had been sweeping the skies when he discovered a 'suspicious' signal from an area of the galaxy that holds the newly-discovered Gliese 581g. The remarkable coincidence adds another layer of mystery to the announcement last night...
  • Odds of Life on Nearby Planet '100 Percent,' Astronomer Says

    An Earth-size planet has been spotted orbiting a nearby star at a distance that would makes it not too hot and not too cold -- comfortable enough for life to exist, researchers announced Wednesday. If confirmed, the exoplanet, named Gliese 581g, would be the first Earth-like world found residing in a star's habitable zone -- a region where a planet's temperature could sustain liquid water on its surface.[Illustration of planet Gliese 581g.] And the planet's discoverers are optimistic about the prospects for finding life there. "Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would...
  • Could 'Goldilocks' planet be just right for life?

    09/29/2010 7:43:30 PM PDT · by Redcitizen · 88 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Sep 29, 7:19 pm ET | By SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein, Ap Science Writer
    WASHINGTON – Astronomers say they have for the first time spotted a planet beyond our own in what is sometimes called the Goldilocks zone for life: Not too hot, not too cold. Juuuust right. Not too far from its star, not too close. So it could contain liquid water. The planet itself is neither too big nor too small for the proper surface, gravity and atmosphere. It's just right. Just like Earth. "This really is the first Goldilocks planet," said co-discoverer R. Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.
  • US scientists find potentially habitable planet near Earth

    09/29/2010 3:48:50 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 141 replies
    US astronomers said Wednesday they have discovered an Earth-sized planet that they think might be habitable, orbiting a nearby star, and believe there could be many more planets like it in space. The planet, found by astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington, is orbiting in the middle of the "habitable zone" of the red dwarf star Gliese 581, which means it could have water on its surface. Liquid water and an atmosphere are necessary for a planet to possibly sustain life, even it it might not be a great place to live,...