Life in the Universe

Life on Exoplanets

What do we need to know about exoplanets to find life on them someday?

Of all the areas of research in astronomy today, the study of exoplanets is one of the most intriguing. The search for extraterrestrial life, which was previously relegated to the realm of science fiction, has only recently become a viable topic for legitimate scientific study. The combination of searching for exoplanets and for the life forms that might inhabit them is only in its infancy. Scientists are steadily inventing new ways to go about this task, which has no precedent. Ultimately, this new adventure embodies everything that is exciting, inspiring, and just plain fun about astronomy.

In the end, the questions we will have to answer are the ones we have yet to ask.


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