NASA announced Wednesday, February 26, the amazing Discovery of 715 new planets, revealing several are determined to be suitable for Alien life. To put the discovery into perspective, only roughly 1,000 planets had been verified in our galaxy beforehand, making this the largest planetary discovery in NASA’s history. The discovery has opened our eyes to complex realities of how cosmic life might operate in the galaxy.
The Kepler Space Observatory, active since its launch in March 2009, was the premiere NASA mission to discover planets that were in the “goldilox” zone. These habitable zones are believed to be capable of sustaining liquid water, being in an moderate Earth-like temperature range from their sun or suns; not too hot, and not too cold. The new planets, calculated to orbit 305 unique stars, were discovered by the Kepler space telescope and affirmed by NASA’s new veryfication technique, opening the bottleneck to deliver more frequent and more detailed planetary discoveries. NASA scientists agree, from astrophysicists to astronomers Kepler has really become a viable tool for their understanding and discovery of the incredible diverse possibilities of planets and planetary systems in the Milky Way galaxy.
NASA’s new Kepler technique is dubbed “verification by multiplicity,” relying heavily in part on logical laws of probability. Focusing their efforts, NASA uses the telescopes on stars that suggest they are likely to have multiple planets in their orbit. The technique conveys that looking at a star with a cluster of planets gives NASA a higher probability rate than searching for stars that have single or few orbiting planets. This probability technique is what led to the NASA discovery of 715 new planets, with even several believed to be suitable for alien life. NASA scientists agree the multiplicity verification technique is biased in so far Kepler discovers the planets closest to their star first, and that when extended data is received, scientists expect to find a higher percentage of the unique “goldilox” planets that potentially have an Earth-like climate capable of supporting Alien life.
NASA astronomers report 95 percent of the new planets discovered by Kepler are no larger than Neptune, which has a massive size four times greater than Earth. One of the planets in the habitable zone believed capable of hosting alien life, orbits a star in a 30-day revolution that is only half the size of Earth’s sun, while itself being roughly twice the size of Earth. NASA astronomers have also discovered three more planets in habitable zones, estimated roughly twice the size of Earth also.
These novel planets are not the first instance where NASA has found planets believed to be in habitable zones capable of supporting alien life. NASA announced last June, 2013, their discovery of three planets orbiting the star Gliese 667C that could possibly support life systems. In April 2013, NASA and the Kepler telescope announced their discovery three “Super-Earths,” Kepler-22b, Kepler-69c and Kepler-62e, all of them believed to be capable of hosting life. NASA believes even with discovery of 715 new planets with several suitable for alien life, the potential for the Kepler telescope and the discovery of hundreds of more planets is imminent.
Editorial By Zane Foley