Extreme Neptune-Like Planets Have the Potential to Become Habitable

January 29, 2015 5:28 PM

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In the hunt for habitable planets around the galaxy, scientists may have just gotten some help. Remarkable research has, for the first time, suggested that extreme Neptune-like planets have the potential to become rocky, habitable worlds.

But how is this even possible? According to researchers at the University of Washington, two phenomena would have to occur: tidal forces and vigorous stellar activity. While these events certainly don't guarantee that gas giants like Neptune will suddenly become fit for life, they do give these worl...

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