Astronomers are struggling to understand the types of exoplanets out there and also their atmospheric and environmental conditions as well. They want to get a better understanding about the planets that could potentially host life outside of the solar system.
Data coming from telescopes and modeling of atmospheres, environments, and climates are offering a picture that we cannot see, considering that we’re not able to visit the exoplanets.
Potentially habitable exoplanets
CNN writes that the models and lab experiments made by exoplanet experts are a testbed to the question of what is possible.
Experts are now focused on the following keyphrase: “potentially habitable.”
It’s important to understand that the exoplanets that are referred to as potentially habitable are not showing signs of life. This only means that the planet is at the right distance from its star.
CNN explains this as it follows: the exoplanet is in “the so-called Goldilocks zone, or habitable zone — not too hot, not too cold and just right, within a possible surface temperature range where liquid water could exist on the planet’s surface.”
It’s also important to note that in our minds, liquid water equals life on Earth. More research is the recent years suggests that we are broadening our understanding of life and the conditions under which life would be able to form.
Two new studies are broadening the range of locations and conditions for potentially habitable exoplanets
There are two new studies that are broadening the range of locations and conditions of exoplanets that could be habitable.
We recommend that you check out CNN’s article in order to learn more about the subject.
In other exoplanet-related news, we’ve recently covered the subject about the WASP-79b – this is a super-hot exoplanet the size of Jupiter that is currently analyzed with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope and the Magellan II Telescope in Chile.