NASA just discovered 10 rocky planets like Earth

 

In what is lauded by NASA to provide significant implications for the search for life, the space agency has revealed its latest discoveries in other parts of the universe by way of ten rocky planets similar to Earth.

This means there are now 219 new suspected planets beyond our own solar system. Those additional 10 are located in the ‘Goldilocks zone’ of their solar system. This simply indicates they are neither overly proximate to their star nor too distant. From this, it can be surmised that the 10 rocky planets are neither too hot or too cold for liquid water to be available.

 

 

It is the presence of water that plays a key role in a planet’s ability to sustain life.

Finding exoplanets, or simply planets outside our solar system could pave the way for scientists to discover whether there is life in other parts of the universe. NASA announced in a tweet that scientists using @NASAKepler have found and identified 219 potential new worlds.

With those new discoveries, there are now over 4,000 suspected exoplanets found by the Kepler space telescope.

Susan Thompson, a research scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, says this meticulously defined catalog of discoveries forms the foundation to find a direct answer to one of the most compelling questions in astronomy regarding the number of Earth-like planets in the galaxy.

The SETI Institute has been searching for signs of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. The SETI scientists do their work by attempting to find radio signals that exhibit some form of intelligence.

To date, there is now a total number of 4,034 potential planets that Kepler has identified. Of that total, 2,335 have been identified as exoplanets. Interestingly enough, around 50 have been verified to be roughly the size of Earth and are candidates for being habitable zones that Kepler has detected. More than 30 of the 50 have been defined.

 

 

Why is the discovery critical?

In light of the discovery of the ten Earth-like planets, it should enable man to find habitable zones. This is considering how the great Stephen Hawking himself has warned that we are running out of space on our own planet so we need to break through the technical limitations that have prevented us from establishing habitats in other areas of the universe.

Professor Stephen Hawking spoke at a press conference in London, which served as a sneak peek for the Starmus science and arts festival that took place in Norway in June 2017. During his speech, the renowned English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge, reiterated his warning that finding new or alternative habitation beyond Earth is the key to human survival. If mankind is to colonize other planets, there is no better time to start than now.

 

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We’re not alone in the universe

 

When I was a kid, I got into space and celestial objects, so I bought my first telescope when I was about fifteen years old. But the mystery that’s always been on my mind is whether or not we’re alone in the universe. I still remember how my parents used to watch The X Files every week, so I quickly became passionate about the topic.

Every now and then, I take the time to check out recent news and developments that might somehow be connected to extraterrestrial life. Earlier this week, I came across an article published by CBS News according to which some scientists claim that life might have existed on Mars. There are many people who believe this already, although there hasn’t been any scientific data backing this theory, at least not from what I have learned about the topic over the years.

Some say that life might have appeared on Mars and that, through a meteorite or are other celestial objects, it ended up on what we now called Earth. Fortunately, we might be able to find out how things happened as Curiosity has been collecting information on Mars for the past four years. It took some time to repair the robot once it was affected by a sand storm, but the people at NASA have managed to program it in such a way so as to resume its trip. Curiosity is, therefore, perfectly capable of collecting info regarding the surface of the planet, and can even do some drilling and analytical analysis of rocks and other particles.

There are many magazines and other online publications that have started analyzing the topic of whether or not we are alone out there, so in a sense, it’s a good thing for people who are passionate about it. However, I couldn’t help noticing that in the last several years, there has been a tendency to claim that humans are in fact, the only smart life in the universe.

Since there isn’t any proof as to whether or not one theory is true and the other is false, I don’t understand why there have to be people who live by a particular one. Actually, I think that many folks would completely freak out if they found out that the likelihood of aliens coming to visit our planet is a reality.

For some, it would be an entirely horrifying scenario, while for others like myself, it would be something worth experiencing. Of course, I’m not saying that the demise of our civilization is anything I would want to witness in this lifetime, but finding out that there are aliens out there would definitely be exciting for me.

 

 

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