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The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog

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Researchers have set up an online 'periodic table' for extrasolar planets ranging from Hot Mercurians to Cold Jovians, with Earthlike worlds right in the middle. The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog, drawn up by the University of Puerto Rico's Planetary Habitability Laboratory, is aimed at pigeonholing the hundreds of worlds that are being identified by NASA's Kepler space telescope and other planet-hunting projects. Eventually, the tally of exoplanets is expected to mount into the thousands, and that's where researchers hope the proposed catalog will come in handy.'One important outcome of these rankings is the ability to compare exoplanets from best to worst candidates for life,' Abel Mendez, the laboratory's director and principal investigator for the project, said today in a news release.

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What many people seem to fail to realize the impor... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 10:41:06 AM