Dusty Worlds May be Home to Life

Exoplanets with a lot of dust in their atmosphere may be home to life. But, this same dust could block us from seeing it.

Dusty worlds like the desert planet Arrakis from Dune may be common throughout the galaxy. Some of these worlds, harboring large quantities of dust in their atmospheres, may be likely places to find life, a new study concludes. However, these same dusty conditions also make finding evidence of life on these worlds more challenging for astronomers.

Researchers modeled three forms of exoplanets, each with varying amounts of dust…

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