Summary #1306

Some planets may be better for life than Earth

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  • 24 “superhabitable” planets have been identified outside our solar system, all more than 100 light years away.
  • Some of them are older, a bit bigger, a bit warmer, and might have more water than Earth.
  • Since new space telescopes are being finalized, these planets might be good candidates for observation.
  • The planets were chosen by geobiologists and astronomers from 4,500 potentially habitable planets, but we don’t know if they have life yet - only conditions for life.
  • One of the 24 planets meets four critical characteristics of a superhabitable planet - energy from a sun-like star, the right size, the right mass, and water.

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