Scientists on the Verge of Discovering a Second Earth With Alien Life

October 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)— With recent advances in technology, scientists are poised to discover an Earth-like planet having a similar rocky density to our own planet, which would provide the best conditions for extraterrestrial life. Planet searchers recently discovered the first ever, dense rocky planet about 500 light-years away and that is just the beginning of the exciting celestial discoveries to come.

The rocky planet discovered by astronomers a few weeks ago, was too hot to sustain life, but the discovery is a first. Most planets spotted by scientists gazing into the universe with powerful instruments, are large gas giants like Jupiter, which are most likely incapable of sustaining life.

The rocky planet spotted by astronomers was named CoRoT-7b and it orbits a star slightly smaller and cooler than the Earth’s sun. CoRoT-7b is less than twice the diameter and about five times the mass of Earth, and it is very hot. The intense heat of the planet provides an unlikely habitat for alien life, but scientists are confident they will soon discover additional Earth-like planets that just may harbor alien life forms.

David Latham of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, believes a discovery of a planet similar to Earth could be spotted at any moment.

“It could happen almost any time now. We now have the technological capability to identify Earth-like planets around the smallest stars.,” says Latham.

The discoveries would be made possible by two satellites equipped with highly sensitive technology, called the COROT and HARPS systems.

The COROT is a Convection Rotation and planetary Transit satellite, capable of scanning thousands of stars to detect the tiny dips in brightness caused by orbiting planets.

And the HARPS is a High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher, which is a super-sensitive spectrograph installed on a Chilean telescope that can accurately identif the speed of a wavelength source.

These advanced systems allow scientists to first spot a planet and then calculate its mass and size.

Sooner rather than later, the world may wake up to the momentous discovery of a second Earth in the universe, with intelligent life.

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3 Responses to “Scientists on the Verge of Discovering a Second Earth With Alien Life”

  1. Old Man Dotes on October 2nd, 2009 2:10 pm

    It would be wonderful to find intelligent life in the universe, much like Ghandi’s response when asked how he felt about Western civilization.

    I’d be satisfied if we could find some in Washington, DC, however.

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