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Life on an aquaplanet

MIT study finds an exoplanet, tilted on its side, could still be habitable if covered in ocean.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
December 17, 2014

Nearly 2,000 planets beyond our solar system have been identified to date. Whether any of these exoplanets are hospitable to life depends on a number of criteria. Among these, scientists have thought, is a planet’s obliquity — the angle of its axis relative to its orbit around a star. [More...]