How Big Can a Super-Earth Get While Being ‘Habitable’?

Of the thousands of exoplanets discovered so far, the most common are “super-Earths” – worlds larger than Earth but smaller than Neptune. Some of these planets are also located in the habitable zones of their parent stars, meaning the conditions may be just right for hosting liquid water on their surfaces.

But can these be huge, rocky exoplanets Really maintain the conditions for life? Or is life confined to smaller planets like ours? Ultimately, only future observations will give us a conclusive answer. But in the meantime, this question gives us the perfect opportunity to explore the limits of our understanding of where life can find a home.

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