A Possibly Habitable Planet Right Around the Block!

February 7, 2013 at 2:37 AM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, historic review, late night studies, science and technology, web gossip)

There is some adage that says something about not having to look too far for something when it actually is right in your face!  That just may be the case, this time, while we are in the midst of our search for exoplanets that are even remotely akin to our Earth.  The search seems to have elevated a bit in exitement, as one world could have some actual similarities to our own, and it is right around the corner!

Researchers working with N.A.S.A., and using The Kepler Space Telescope, announced that an exoplanet that is similar to Earth is merely 13 light years away from our world.  The speculation is that the planet will be in orbit of a  red dwarf star, which is a slightly dimmer and slighlty smaller type of star than our yellow-dwarf Sun.  Red dwarves are supposed to be the majority amount of stars within our Milky Way Galaxy.  There are alleged to be at least 75 billion red dwarf stars in The Milky Way.  Current studies are suggesting that six percent of these stars host potentially habitable worlds.

Currently, it is The Kepler Space Telescope that is being used to locate the vast majority of exoplanets.  This eye to the skies has viewed over 15,000 stars for possible locations of planets, monitoring the sizes and consistencies of objects moving in transit around the many glowing orbs of our galaxy.  Regarding this recently discovered world, it is in orbit of a type of star in which The Kepler Space Telescope has discovered 95 alien planets.

Red dwarf stars comprise a supposed seventy-five percent of the estimated 100 billion stars within our galaxy.  We take those numbers to figure that there should be roughly 4.5 billion “alien Earths” spread throughout The Milky Way.  Certainly, that is a fascinating speculation, to suggest that number of planets out there within just this one galaxy could be homes to other forms of life!  One researcher, Courtney Dresssing of The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, states that current information that we have will be used to locate a planet similar to Earth “within thirteen light-years”!

Keeping in mind, the closest world outside of our solar system is Epsilon Eridani b.  This planet is a gas giant, akin to Jupiter.  At 10.5 light years away from us, Epsilon Eridani b was discovered in 2000 through the use of The Hubble Space Telescope.  It’s star, Epsilon Eridani, is an orange dwarf with a surface temperature based at roughly 5,000° Kelvin.

Of course, the continued excitement will come with additional studies of this world.  More research certainly will come as more data is received from satellite images, and as scientists use the information to recognize the facts about what is being discovered within these human-pristine areas of the universe.  Hopefully, sooner than later, this current information, in addition to upcoming details, will lead to exciting and new revelations about what we were never even expecting to find out!

This artist's conception provided by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics shows a hypothetical planet with two moons orbiting in the habitable zone of a red dwarf star. Earth-like worlds may be closer and more plentiful than anyone imagined. Astronomers reported Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 that the closest Earth-like planet may be just 13 light years away. That planet hasn't been found yet, but should be there based on the team's study of red dwarf stars which are the most common stars in our galaxy. (AP Photo/Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, David A. Aguilar)








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1 Comment

  1. Alan Atwater said,

    I hope the beings on these other worlds don’t take offense to us looking at them. They could be a race of drunkards wondering why we are staring at them and want to start a fight, and with our slow, low functioning leadership half the planet would be dead before we understood it was our fought for peeping at naked aliens for across the galaxy.

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