The Catalog Of Habitable Outer Space Planets

Curious about where to go next? The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog is a project to grade and rank the planets outside of our solar system which offer the most livable conditions, were humanity to ponder a move.

At right is a rendering of sunrise on one of the planets in the Gliese 581 planetary system, a top contender. As of now, there are 6 confirmed potentially habitable planets, 27 unconfirmed potentially habitable planets, and 30 predicted potentially habitable moons:

The exoplanets Gliese 581 d, HD 85512 b, Kepler-22 b, Gliese 667C c, Gliese 581 g, and now Gliese 163 c are the only current six planets that are considered potentially habitable or object of interest for the search of extraterrestrial life (image above). The image shows these objects approximately to scale and compared with Earth and Mars. They also are ranked with the Earth Similarity Index, or ESI (number below the names).

7 Comments on "The Catalog Of Habitable Outer Space Planets"

  1. Monkey See Monkey Do | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:35 am |

    If we learn terraforming or closed ecological systems than we can add alot more destinations to that list. Those two fields of science are being hugely underfunded.

    • Calypso_1 | Sep 17, 2012 at 9:52 am |

      More likely strip mining and mtn top removal.  Coming to a planet near you.

    • kowalityjesus | Sep 18, 2012 at 8:55 am |

      hell yeah.  There’s these Dutch scientists who devised a method of growing crops using LEDs that is quite energy efficient and totally capable of being done indoors.  The problem is, as long as its “cheaper” to till the earth and let topsoil run into the ocean, we will not be able to afford that.  Maybe when weather becomes too unpredictable to profitably farm, warehouse produce will become feasible.  I always had this idea that one day in the not-all-too-distant-future we would be going to the Mississippi and Amazon and Nile river plumes dredging up phosphorous-rich topsoil.

  2. Anarchy Pony | Sep 17, 2012 at 11:33 am |

    “Humanity” will never be pondering to move to a new planet. The richest elites of the richest countries might though. They’ll flee the dying Earth(that they were mostly responsible for killing) like rats abandoning a sinking ship, while the majority of the human populace gets to suffer and die.

  3. it’s very likely that the inhabitants of those planets
    will do everything they can
    to resist an infestation of alien vermin

    meanwhile, those dissatisfied with this planet
    can dream of another destination
    rather than fix this mess while there’s still time 

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