Do you believe in Extra-Terrestrials? The probability is in their favor. After all, when we consider that planet earth, in relationship to the Universe, is akin to one grain of sand on a vast beach, it seems impossible that we humans could be the only intelligent life form. But today I have good news:
It’s official! (Or sort of official.) Life in another galaxy most probably does exist. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the latest discoveries by NASA.
As of yesterday, May 11, 2016, NASA scientists have verified the existence of 1,284 new exoplanets that were discovered by the Kepler telescope.
What is an ‘exoplanet’, you ask? Apparently it is a planet that orbits around its own sun and stars outside of our solar system. NASA, using the Kepler telescope, has now discovered 1, 284 of them!
This research began in around 2009 and since then Kepler has identified some 4000 potential planets. The problem, however, was that scientists always needed to do more research to discover whether or not these were actually planets. Until now, those potential planets had been verified by ground-based measurements (which were slow and less effective) in order to ensure that what the telescope saw was actually a planet and not an ‘impostor.’ An ‘impostor’ could be another object, such as a small star. So the research was tricky, and manually verifying these planets took a really long time.
Now, a new method has been created by one Dr. Timothy Morton, a Princeton research scholar.
Morton’s method is based on previous techniques. However, Morton’s computation is fully automated — therefore the team only spends a few minutes on each planetary candidate. According to Dr. Morton’s research, the probability of the 1,284 planets being ‘real’ is greater than 99 percent.
Imagine it! Twelve hundred new planets are out there, all in a completely different solar system! But the news gets even better.
In this group of validated planets, NASA reports that nearly 550 could be “rocky planets like Earth.” Of those 550 planets, 9 of them orbit in the habitable zone of their own sun. The distance between those planets and their suns would allow each planet a surface temperature to host liquid water.
Nine planets. In another galaxy. WITH WATER. Water is, as we know, the main source of life!
Ironic, isn’t it? Just when we lose David Bowie, NASA makes a startling discovery that would have pleased Ziggy Stardust and his Spiders from Mars very much.
It gets better. NASA further states that astronomers also now know of 21 additional exoplanets that are less than twice the size of Earth, and also may have some of the conditions for life, the same as Earth!
Remember, you heard it here first. 🙂
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