TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets may have a lot of water, and other new clues about potential habitability

I missed posting this before, but there are some very interesting updates about the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets (seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star 40 light-years away). There are two new science papers, which indicate that all seven could have water in some form, ranging …

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Getting closer to Earth 2.0: Astronomers discover 20 new potentially habitable exoplanets

Exoplanets, planets orbiting stars other than the Sun, are being discovered by the thousands now, and there are estimated to be billions of them in our galaxy alone. So far, they have ranged from worlds smaller than Earth, to “super-Earths” and “hot Jupiters” – a …

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Astronomers discover ‘monster exoplanet’ which shouldn’t exist – but does

Exoplanets have been found in all different types and sizes, showing how much diversity there is among planets outside of our own Solar System. Now another one, a “monster exoplanet,” is of interest to astronomers because according to current models of planetary formation, it shouldn’t …

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