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Tidal friction could facilitate `habitable situations` on distant `Earth-sized planets`: NASA

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 12:30

A new computer model by NASA has found that friction from tides could help some distant Earth-sized planets, traveling in dangerous orbits, to create habitable situations.

Study disproves signal clues from two potentially habitable planets

Last Updated: Friday, July 04, 2014, 12:49

Scientists have revealed that the controversial signals were not coming from the two planets, which might support life, orbiting the dwarf star Gliese 581.

Planets having odd tilts could be habitable

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 11:30

new modeling done by researchers has suggested that pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable.

F-type stars `could be good places to look for habitable planets`

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 13:24

Researchers have said that scientists looking for habitable planets beyond Earth shouldn`t overlook F-type stars in favour of their more abundant, smaller and cooler cousins.

60 billion planets in Milky Way could support life

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 02, 2013, 11:36

A new study estimates that there may be twice the number of habitable planets than previously thought - thanks to new calculations that include the effect of clouds on alien worlds.

Study of dwarf star may hold clues of life on other planets

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 04, 2013, 14:37

A highly unusual dwarf star and its powerful flares, is being studied, which may hold clues to the likelihood of life on other planets as well as to the behaviour of our Sun.

`Earth-sized` habitable planets more common than thought

Last Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 12:45

The number of potentially habitable planets is greater than previously thought and some of those planets are likely lurking around nearby stars, a new analysis by a Penn State researcher as concluded.

`Hot Jupiters` probably oust earth-like planets

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2012, 12:17

In the hunt for Earth-like planets, it is helpful to seek clues and patterns that can aid scientist narrow down the types of systems.

Tides may turn habitable planets into hothouses

Last Updated: Saturday, April 07, 2012, 14:40

Scientists say tides may dry out what would otherwise be habitable planets around small stars, making them hostile to life.