Checking around the NASA.gov site is really a fun thing to do. I’m always amazed at how much information is on the site that I haven’t been to. Ironic, huh, for a space junkie?
So, this was a fun find.
It seems that of the 1,030 confirmed planets that have been sighted by the Kepler telescope there are 12 that are half the size of the Earth and in a “habitable” zone. This means that the planet is at a distant from their host star which could allow life to form, that is not too cold and not to hot.
You can find a great article about this whole thing at Sky & Telescope.
I guess my new intrigue is really due to the announcements last year of finding liquid water on Mars.
And I have to admit. I’m less a science and astronomy hobbyist and more of a very interested conspiracy “there has got to be life” out there type of guy.
So, the reason why this all grabs my interest (aside from being human being fascinated with life beyond the globe) is that that must mean there is a life form out there in the universe that isn’t of Earth, right?
I mean, we’re already making the big assumption that water is vital to survival for stuff to live but that may not be the case, right? NASA and other space agencies have naturally followed a “follow the water and you’ll be on the track of space life” type of path…but that is just a sensible deduction that many could make.
There’s a lot of scientific mumbo jumbo that will say that water…at least in the smallest amount would be necessary for life in outer space.
And here’s what most people don’t understand: When we say “life on Mars” or “life in space” we’re not hoping to find the little gray/green men with big eyes and long fingers. We’re looking to find even the simplest, most basic of living organism to demonstrate that…okay…here’s a starting point.
I know that this article (or blog) is rife with links but that is only to show that there is so much talk out there and that we should all be considering what that means.