Wednesday, February 22, 2017

@NASA finds three planets in the Goldilocks zone: Now Train Radio Telescopes that Way

Some potential earth-like planets have been found 40 Light Years away.
The new worlds are less than 40 light-years away – a cosmic hop of about 235 trillion miles – and could yield clues about extraterrestrial life, astronomers said.
Three of them are in the “Goldilocks zone,” the sweet spot in the space where conditions are just right for water – and possibly life — to exist, according to NASA and a Belgian-led research team.
The smallest is about 75 percent as massive as Earth, while the largest is just 10 percent heftier than our planet. All seven occupy tight orbits, lying closer to TRAPPIST-1 than Mercury does to our sun. The orbital periods of the innermost six worlds range from 1.5 days to 12.4 days, reported.
That means a year would equal from 1.5 to 12.4 days on these worlds. You would also think the sun would take up much of the sky as well. I think the next step is to train radio telescopes toward this solar system and see if we get any radio waves coming from them. This is a pretty cool discovery.

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