Astronomer Abel Méndez from the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico has put together a Periodic Table of Exoplanets, where each of the 3700 confirmed exoplanets is slotted into its own discrete category - including planets that could harbour life.
Tagged With habitable planets
Last week, astronomers announced that our nearest neighbouring star hosts an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone -- an exciting prospect for alien life, and a possible second home for humanity. But before we assemble the interstellar welcoming party to greet our cosmic neighbours, we need to figure out whether Proxima b is capable of supporting life at all. Thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope, that question could be answered in less than three years.
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 to several promising, Earth-sized exoplanets.