Planet Proxima Centauri b (in the foreground) orbits our neighbor star in the habitable zone ESO / M. Kornmesserhaus
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In space, there are more life-friendly planets than thought for a long time. Even around our next neighbor star Proxima Centauri circles such a twin earth. And 40 light-years away, there are seven of them in one go.

Thanks to more and more sensitive instruments and telescopes, astronomers can now track down planets of the Earth's mass in space. It shows more and more clearly: Such earth twins and super-earths come by no means only sun-like stars, but also red dwarfs and other dwarf stars. And with every find of such a distant world, the probability of extraterrestrial life grows ...

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Water on life-friendly super-earth (12.09.2019)
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First Exomond with volcanoes? (08.30.2019)
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Fluorescence as an indication of extraterrestrial life? (08.16.2019)
Subtle lights could indicate life on Proxima b and other nearby earth twins

Life-friendly super-earth at 31 light-years away (01.08.2019)
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Exoplanets: three-combo with gap (30.07.2019)
Astronomers discovered three in many ways exciting planets around a nearby star

Dusty "Moon Cradle" discovered (12.07.2019)
Astronomers succeed first observation of a circum-planetary dust disk

Earth twins around near mini-star (19.06.2019)
Astronomers discover two life-friendly exoplanets just twelve light-years away

Search for planets around Alpha Centauri (12.06.2019)
New instrument is to detect exoplanets close to double star

Exokometen tracked to near star (27.05.2019)
Shadows betray the presence of three comets orbiting Beta Pictoris

Tracking down 18 earth-sized exoplanets (23.05.2019)
Method identifies previously undiscovered planets in the data of the Kepler Space Telescope

Water worlds more often than rocky planets? (05.14.2019)
Almost neptune-sized exoplanets could have thousands of miles of deep oceans

Milky Way: 50 billion starless planets? (03.11.2019)
Outworn planets without a star could be more likely than expected

Planet collision around near star (11.02.2019)
Catastrophic collision could explain unequal exoplanet twins

Why does the moon have no satellite? (01.25.2019)
Theoretically, four moons in the solar system could have their own submonde

TESS satellite discovers sub-Neptune near star (08.01.2019)
Dense, cool gas world with relatively high orbit is the third exoplanet of the new telescope

Super-earth of sapphire and ruby ​​(20.12.2018)
Astronomers identify a whole new class of exoplanets

How much oxygen does our planet lose? (12.19.2018)
Measuring rockets investigate mysterious outflow of gases into space

Exoplanet with helium tail (07.12.2018)
Astronomers are observing gas leaks at distant gas giants for the first time

Proxima b: water of comets? (11.19.2018)
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Super Earth around Barnards Stern (15.11.2018)
Cold exoplanet orbits six light-years away Red Dwarf