Life’s Start Processes at Eta Corvi?

July 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, public debate, science and technology, web gossip)

Interesting information has been gathered from some recent images taken by The Spitzer Space Telescope.  While the search for details about what is happening in the galaxy, one focus was geared toward the star labeled as Eta Corvi.  It seems that it could be experiencing a similar setting as what occurred within our solar system, during it’s beginnnings.

Located within the constellation Corvus,  Eta Corvi is one of eleven stars within that group which is visible from Earth.  This star is the sixth brightest of this particular bunch, classified as F-type main sequence.  These stars range between 1 and 1.5 times the size of The Sun, and they are slightly hotter.  Eta Corvi is a main sequence, or dwarf star.

Recent images taken by Spitzer Space Telescope have shown where Eta Corvi has been under seige by a comet storm.  The comets are being pulled into the star by it’s gravity, and they are being incenerated.  Yet, these comets are crashing into any planets that could be orbiting Eta Corvi, also.  This is interesting because of the potential outcome that could occur.

It is widely believed, understood, that cometary bombardment to early Earth delivered the elements and materials necessary for the intial formations of life.  What is happening at Eta Corvi is comets have been identified within the inner orbital region of this star, and these comets could be impacting any planets that are within nearby orbits.  That sparks interest because of the possibilities that could occur due to such collisions.  The comets around Eta Corvi contain traces of ice, organic materials, and water, all of which are needed to initiate what may develop into something alive!

A widely accepted theory is that cometary impact with Earth during the early formation of our world and solar system brought the necessary elements to our planet. These are the elements that eventually would be needed to initiate the start of life. This star is estimated to be thirty percent the age of The Sun.  It is forty percent as massive as our star, with a debris disk rotating aroud it.

The disk contains materials that amount to sixty percent the mass of The Moon in orbit of it. These materials mainly are comets, which are believed to have the potential to deliver life-producing elements to the scene.  The comets may collide with any forming inner planets around Eta Corvi, possibly jumpstarting the processes that could begin life!

Discussions range back and forth about when life began to form on Earth.  A currently accepted belief is that it started nearly 3.4 billion years ago. That would mean that ample time remains for any planets to form around Eta Corvi, letting the materials settle, then begin to breakdown into the proper, life-producing elements that would be needed to allow for the formation of living things!

Eta Corvi is roughly 59.4 light years, or roughly 349,190,347,167,130 miles away!  Yes, that is trillion; not nearby!  The star is situated within what we see as within a grouping of constellations that include Centaurus, Orion, and Ursa Major.


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