The hits keep on coming! Scientists are in some kind of zone right now, because the discoveries that have been made recently are really pretty remarkable. After the discovery of the TRAPPIST-1 system which has a number of planets that could potentially support life, scientists have now found a ‘Super-Earth‘ planet, LHS 1140b, that has the most promise of all.
According to space.com, “The alien world known as LHS 1140b is rocky, like Earth. It is only 40 light-years away from our solar system (essentially, down-the-street in cosmic terms), and sits in the so-called habitable zone of its parent star, which means liquid water could potentially exist on the planet’s surface. Several other planets also meet those criteria, but few of them are as prime for study as LHC 1140b according to the scientists who discovered it, because the type of star the planet orbits and the planet’s orientation to Earth make it ripe for investigations into whether it’s the kind of place where life could thrive. ”
Jason Dittmann, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and lead author on the paper describing the discovery, said “This is the most exciting exoplanet I’ve seen in the past decade,” “We could hardly hope for a better target to perform one of the biggest quests in science — searching for evidence of life beyond Earth.” When the scientists express excitement, you know it’s a big deal. These guys spend their lives measuring their expectations.
Maybe we’re are not alone. Maybe we can find that out with this newly discovered planet. Woohoo! Can you even imagine??? Me neither.
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