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Researchers Have Identified 121 Giant Planets That May Have Habitable Moons

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We’ve all heard about the search for life on other planets, but what about looking on other moons?

A team of researchers have identified more than 100 giant planets that potentially host moons capable of supporting life. Their work will guide the design of future telescopes that can detect these potential moons and look for tell-tale signs of life, called biosignatures, in their atmospheres.

Since the 2009 launch of NASA’s Kepler telescope, scientists have identified thousands of planets outside our solar system, which are called exoplanets. A primary goal of the Kepler mission is to identify planets that are in the habitable zones of their stars, meaning it’s neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water—and potentially life—to exist.

Terrestrial (rocky) planets are prime targets in the quest to find life because some of them might be geologically and atmospherically similar to Earth. Another place to look is the many gas giants identified during the Kepler mission. While not a candidate for life themselves, Jupiter-like planets in the habitable zone may harbor rocky moons, called exomoons, that could sustain life.

“There are currently 175 known moons orbiting the eight planets in our solar system. While most of these moons orbit Saturn and Jupiter, which are outside the Sun’s habitable zone, that may not be the case in other solar systems,” said Stephen Kane, an associate professor of planetary astrophysics and a member of the UCR’s Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center. “Including rocky exomoons in our search for life in space will greatly expand the places we can look.”

The researchers identified 121 giant planets that have orbits within the habitable zones of their stars. At more than three times the radii of the Earth, these gaseous planets are less common than terrestrial planets, but each is expected to host several large moons.

Scientists have speculated that exomoons might provide a favorable environment for life, perhaps even better than Earth. That’s because they receive energy not only from their star, but also from radiation reflected from their planet. Until now, no exomoons have been confirmed.

“Exploring Kepler Giant Planets in the Habitable Zone,” is the title of the paper published in The Astrophysical Journal.

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  1. ARHAM JAIN

    June 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Nice one

  2. ARHAM JAIN

    June 1, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    How you edit your video

  3. Raghad Sarsam

    June 1, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    Life on Earth is good, but humans are mostly bad.

  4. Cathy Moorman

    June 1, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    The earth is under the curse of sin and death, but thanks to Jesus for coming and living a human life and taking that penalty for us, defeating the devil, sin, and death. Now we can go to heaven and be in God's presence.

  5. rad roofer

    June 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    And they still don't talk about the one that's going to cause a pole shift September 23,2018 that will kill most people and yes that is when the rapture will happen. and for all you that think our Savior knows when He gets to meet His bride GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN

  6. Sk3tchgurl 4ever

    June 1, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Scientists, scientists, scientists….STOP TRYNA FIND ANOTHER PLANET TO LIVE FOR WHEN THE EARTH DIES.
    We all gonna die just stick with the fact, stop tryin ;-; smh

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Some of these clues relate to the gravitational tug of Planet Nine, which appears to be disturbing the distant Kuiper Belt, which is made up of icy objects and stretches from Neptune out into deep space.

Its believed Planet Nine is a “super-Earth”, the name for a type of large world which appears to be very common in the universe.

Doom-mongers have consistently claimed that a hidden world called Nibiru will crash into Earth.

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