Blog Posts - Habitable Zone

Alien Life Floating on Dwarf Stars - Science or Science Fiction?

Some brown dwarfs might not look very brown. Image courtesy of R. Hurt/NASA, public domain. Joel Kontinen Has the quest for alien life become an obsession for some astronomers? It seems so. They have even found worlds that might not exist. L...
by Joel Kontinen on Dec 3, 2016

Proxima b: Nearest Exoplanet Might Be Bombarded With Intense Solar Flares

An artist’s impression of Proxima b. Image courtesy of ESO/M. Kornmesser. Joel Kontinen Just over 4 light years away, Proxima b is the closest exoplanet we could get. What is more, astronomers think that it orbits its sun Proxima Centauri in...
by Joel Kontinen on Aug 25, 2016

Weird Exoplanet With Three Suns Suggests Earth Is a Privileged Planet

An artist’s impression of a tree star system. Image courtesy of ESO/L. Calçada, Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0). Joel Kontinen If you think that Earth is just an ordinary planet, or that our solar system is in no way special, you might want...
by Joel Kontinen on Jul 16, 2016

Earth’s Twin Is Still Missing, Despite Discovery of Over 1, 200 New Exoplanets

An artist’s impression of Kepler in action. Image courtesy of NASA. Joel Kontinen NASA has announced that its Kepler space observatory has found 1,284 new exoplanets, including roughly 550 Earth-sized ones. Of these, nine may orbit their star...
by Joel Kontinen on May 13, 2016

Sniffing for Life on Mars: ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter Goes to Search for Martian Life

An artist’s impression of the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter. Image courtesy of ATG medialab/ESA. Joel Kontinen The evolutionary worldview has life popping up in all places where it could potentially be possible. Next week, the European Space Agen...
by Joel Kontinen on Mar 10, 2016

Naturalistic Mystery: Why Is Venus So Hot And Lifeless?

Venus is hot. Image courtesy of NASA/Sygma/Corbis. Joel Kontinen Venus has been called our sister planet though it doesn’t look at all like Earth. It orbits the Sun in the goldilocks region or habitable zone of our solar system, but it cer...
by Joel Kontinen on Jan 28, 2016

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