Where to look for life? Astronomers devise ‘habitability index’ to guide future search

Where to look for life? Astronomers devise ‘habitability index’ to guide future search

Powerful telescopes are coming soon. Where exactly shall we point them? Astronomers with the University of Washington’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory have created a way to compare and rank exoplanets to help prioritize which of the thousands discovered warrant close inspection in the search for life beyond Earth. The new metric, called the “habitability index for …