earth-like planets

Most Habitable Earth-Like Planets May Be Waterworlds

Most Habitable Earth-Like Planets May Be Waterworlds

Over 70 per cent of our planet is covered in water, and we tend to think that’s a lot. A new study suggests that our world is special in this regard, and that most habitable planets are dominated by oceans that consume over 90 per cent their surface area. That…

This Tiny Star Is Now The Best Place To Hunt For Alien Life

This Tiny Star Is Now The Best Place To Hunt For Alien Life

In a few years, powerful new telescopes will usher in a search for habitable worlds outside our solar system. And TRAPPIST-1 — a dim, tepid star just a smidge larger than Jupiter — is one of the first places we’ll look. It’s only 40 light years away, and it’s home…