Clouds protect habitable planets from star's heat

07/2/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

According to a recent study that developed a 3D model to explore how clouds affect temperatures on exoplanets, the number of habitable worlds could be double the amount previously thought. The study found that as many as 60 billion exoplanets fall within a habitable zone around their star and planets closely orbiting smaller stars benefit from thick clouds that protect their surface from reaching deadly temperatures.

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