Sunday, 3 February 2013

Space: Habitable Exoplanets Catalog

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Following discussing exoplanet mapping yesterday, here is a fantastic catalogue of exoplanets. You might like to visit this site for more details and other links to those pioneers of this new branch of space science, and of course to see the number of potential planets steadily increase over time.

The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog (HEC) is an online database for scientists, educators, and the general public focused on potential habitable exoplanets discoveries. The catalog uses various habitability indices and classifications to identify, rank, and compare exoplanets, including potential satellites, or exomoons. The catalog is updated as new data is available.

"Scientists are looking for life, as we know it, on Earth-like planets, as we measure them."

A New Habitable ZoneEarth is situated at the very inner edge of the habitable zone

Last Update: January 29, 2013
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Number of Potential Habitable Worlds

Habitable Exoplanets
Unconfirmed Potential
Habitable Exoplanets (1)
Candidates for Potential
Habitable Exomoons (2)
η Earth(3)
930301.6 %

All Currently Known Exoplanets

Confirmed Exoplanets (4)NASA Kepler Candidates (5)Other Unconfirmed Exoplanets (4)


(1) Based on NASA Kepler Mission exoplanet candidates waiting for confirmation.
(2) Estimate based on the number of warm jovians with the right mass for a near Earth-size moon. None observed yet.

(3) η Earth (Eta Earth) is the stellar frequency of potential habitable exoplanets based on observed values (this is a lower limit).
(4) Confirmed and unconfirmed exoplanets are those listed by the Extrasolar Planets Encyclopedia plus any recent pending additions.
(5) Most of NASA Kepler Candidates are unconfirmed exoplanets.

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