Search for aliens given HUGE boost following exoplanet study

One only has to look at the evidence in our solar system, where the giant Jupiter – by far the biggest planet in the solar system, being more than 100 times the size of Earth – pulls the likes of Mars away from the habitable zone.

This is the conclusion of a study from University of California Riverside astrobiologist Stephen Kane who published his work in the Astronomical Journal.

Mr Kane said: “[Jupiter] has a big effect on the habitability of our solar system because it’s massive and disturbs other orbits.”

Compared to another solar system, such as TRAPPIST-1, where there is no gas giant in the solar system, more planets are in a suitable region of space.

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