Sun's strong irradiation can turn Mini-Neptunes into Earth, says scientists

January 30, 2015 11:12 PM

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Sun's strong irradiation can turn Mini-Neptunes into Earth, says scientists

Finding planets that might be Earth-like or even inhabitable, in general, is something that astronomers and scientists struggle with on a daily basis. It’s difficult to study the small planets that are very far away, and similarly; it’s hard to get a good assessment of where these small planets lie in relation to their stars. Even more challenging is negotiating the perfect distance from these smaller sun-like stars – that hold the building blocks for developing life.

That being said, researchers have suggested that it might actually be possible to see life form on mini-Neptunes. While it would take millions of years to develop, and would require perfect positioning – scientists believe that it’s something that would be entirely attainable. Ultimately, this would...

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