Exploring new worlds for life

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Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech

Scientists are exploring three exoplanets with similar size to our own planet, in search of extraterrestrial life. These planets are 39-lightyears away, which may seem far, but are actually within a constellation that we are able to view at certain times of the year, the constellation Aquarius.

What makes these planets special are their temperatures, being just cool enough possibly contain liquid water. What contains water could also possibly contain life, which is a pretty big deal! These planets would receive their energy from infrared light, as would anything that might grow on them. In addition, the planets are so close to their star that they might keep from spinning, which would cause a temperate zone along their lines of day and night.

NASA has scheduled a launch of its James Webb Space Telescope in 2018 to examine for gasses such as methane and oxygen as well as the amount of starlight being absorbed by the molecules in their atmosphere.

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Click here for more information on the scheduled launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.

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