Someplace Like Home?

September 14, 2011 at 6:26 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, science and technology)

We could be much closer than we think!  Our Earth just might not be the only planet that we know about which could support life.  Astonomers, biologists, and other manners of scientists have been working in conjuntion with N.A.S.A. to identify a prime candidate for what could be the first verifiable evidence of another world upon which human beings could walk without wearing oxygen masks.

Well,  I might not be able to go that far.  Some level of breathing apparatus might be required.  Yet, the studies are beginning to show that HD 85512b could be a world that could serve as a host to our level of life.  Scientists working with The European Southern Observatory have identified this world, which is located roughly thirty-five light years from Earth.  It exists within The Vela Constellation, which is visible from the southern hemisphere.

HD 85512b has been labeled as a Super Earth, or a type of rocky world that has features similar to Earth.  Studies are revealing that HD 85512b likely weighs three and one-half times as much as our planet.  It is located just within the habitable zone around it’s host star, which is an orange dwarf / K5V star.

Statements from studies are explaining that HD 85512b is at the far end of it’s star’s habitable zone.  Yet, being within this designated area does give the world the possibility of being a life-supporting planet.  As within our own solar system, Venus, Earth, and Mars exist within this area of prime real estate.  However, it was Earth that held onto and made use of the deed, with some speculations of Mars once having been a more lively neighbor! 

Nineteen Super Earths have been identified, thus far.  Sixteen of them have been viewed by La Silla Observatory, operated by The European Southern Observatory, and located at La Silla, Chile.  This research facility has been the most successful with the identification and observation of extrasolar planets.  It’s telescope, The H.A.R.P.S. Spectrograph, has obtained over fifty images of planets orbiting stars outside of our Sun’s realm!

Planet HD 85512 b, though larger than Earth, may have some of the conditions thought necessary for life to exist there.




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