A Newly Discovered Super Earth Could Harbour Alien Life

By now we're pretty sure there is life out there

An example of an Exoplanet. Image NASA

Astronomers have been hitting the jackpot lately when it comes to extending our knowledge of the universe. A recent victory is the discovery of a bunch more planets, namely 114 – 60 of which are orbiting stars. The most promising aspect of this find, is that many of them could contain life. Alien life.

A planet known as Gliese 411-b has researchers interested, mostly because it’s a hot “super-Earth’ with a rocky terrain located within the fourth-nearest star system to ours.

This breakthrough aids the theory that stars like our sun have planets orbiting them.

 

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According to The Independent, ‘The results are based on almost 61,000 individual observations of 1,600 stars taken over a 20-year period by US astronomers using the Keck-I telescope in Hawaii.’

This project called the Lick-Carnegie Exoplanet Survey was initiated more than twenty-years by California astronomers, Steve Vogt, Geoffrey Marcy and Paul Butler.

They wrote in a previous planetary study summary from 2010, “If the local stellar neighbourhood is a representative sample of the galaxy as a whole, our Milky Way could be teeming with potentially habitable planets.”

Looks like it is!

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The diversity of exoplanets is large — more than 800 planets outside the Solar System have been found to date, with thousands more waiting to be confirmed. Detection methods in this field are steadily and quickly increasing — meaning that many more exoplanets will undoubtedly be discovered in the months and years to come. As an international scientific organisation, the IAU dissociates itself entirely from the commercial practice of selling names of planets, stars or or even "real estate" on other planets or moons. These practices will not be recognised by the IAU and their alternative naming schemes cannot be adopted.

 

Meanwhile NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has been on the hunt for aliens for almost eight years, last year they also confirmed the existence of 1,300 new worlds.

Based on this breadth of information – the world’s UFO hunters can breathe a sigh of relief. Aliens are out there guys. Calm down.

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.