Scientists discover 24 ‘superhabitable’ planets with conditions better for life than Earth

Scientists discover 24 ‘superhabitable’ planets with conditions better for life than Earth
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A total of 24 “superhabitable” planets may have conditions more suitable for life than Earth and better stars than the sun, according to researchers.

The study, led by Washington State University, identified planets that were older, slightly larger, warmer and wetter than Earth.

They added that life could thrive more easily on planets which orbit changing stars with longer lifespans than the sun at a slower speed.

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The 24 planets identified are all more than 100 light years away, meaning it is difficult to see them up close.

However, researchers have said that these findings could help inform future telescope observations.

One of the lead researchers, Professor Dirk Schulze-Makuch, said: “With the next space telescopes coming up, we will get more information, so it is important to select some targets.

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