New type of hot ocean exoplanets could be our best chance of finding extraterrestrial life

According to a new study hot exoplanets with oceans and hydrogen atmospheres could be the first place where we will find new life. There could be more of them than Earth-like exoplanets and it is easier to observe them, than smaller rocky objects.

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  • New type of exoplanet identified: hot ocean worlds with hydrogen atmosphere (hycean planets)
  • More numerous and better observable, than Earth-like planets
  • Wider habitability zone around star

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