Image of starlight on exoplanet | NASA/JPL-Caltech
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The Exoplanet Most Likely to Support Alien Life Might Not Be Habitable After All

A pair of studies is calling into question the assumptions scientists make when determining if a planet outside of our solar system could support life.

Published On 12/07/2017
5:45 PM EST
T T he closest potentially habitable planet may not be so habitable after all. The atmosphere of Proxima Centauri b could have been whisked away from strong winds blowing from its star. It is just one of dozens of rocky planets known to exist in the habitable zones around stars — the regions that scientists believe could provide the conditions for liquid water on the surface of orbiting planets. 
Chuanfei Dong | NASA/JPL-Caltech