Over 121 planets are surrounded by tiny moons. And oddly enough, this number of moons is the brightest candidate for nurturing life.
It is very common to find new planets outside of the solar system, especially with current technological capabilities. Recently, however, scientists have thrilled many people with just over 100 new planets.
The problem is, these planets are all in areas that can support life with their host stars. In particular, these planets have a good number of moons revolving around them, and experts believe that it is more likely that this number of moons could be the roof of the aliens.
Specifically, experts from the University of California, Riverside (United States) and the University of South Queensland (Australia) used data from the Kepler Telescope and found 121 new planets. Most of them are three times the size of Earth, and all of them have giant moons as their satellites. In addition, it is this number of moons that has the greatest potential for survival.
“There are about 175 unidentified moons, orbiting eight planets in the solar system” – said Stephen Kane, associate professor of astrophysics.
“Most of them are satellites of Saturn and Jupiter – that is, beyond the habitable zone of the system. But with other star-planet systems in the universe, things will be different. “
“If we include exomoons among the objects that can support life, we have a lot of options.”
The Kepler Telescope is known to have been active since 2009 and has identified thousands of planets outside the solar system. But according to experts, we may have been wrong so far, because what to look for are the moons revolving around them.
As a result, exomoons are more likely to be the brightest candidates, as they receive energy directly from the host star and reflect energy from orbiting planets.
The only problem here is that we cannot confirm the existence of exomoons yet. This new study was therefore carried out, to narrow the scope of the research to only 121 planets that may contain moons.
“We already have a database of giant planets in the region that can support life. Now we just need to look at potential exomoon sites to confirm this,” said Michelle Hill, born at the University of Southern Queensland. .
“The following studies will provide information that will help us design the next generation of telescopes in the future, with the goal of making life easier.”