Ocean circulation may hold the key to finding life on exoplanets

Posted on May 19, 2020 9:41 am
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Researchers across the globe have long tackled the question: Is there life on other planets, and if so, how do we find it?

Faced with thousands of planets to explore beyond our solar system, scientists need a way to predict which exoplanets are most likely to host life. To complicate matters, their predictions have to be based on observations that can be made from light-years away—like the exoplanet’s size, mass and the makeup of its atmosphere.

In a recent publication in the Astrophysical Journal, University of Chicago planetary scientist Stephanie Olson presented a new model that predicts