New Planet Discoveries Reignite Search For Alien Life

October 20, 2012

April Flowers for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

In the past week, two new exoplanets have been confirmed; one by the Planet Hunters citizen science project that uses NASA’s Kepler mission data, and the other by a European team. The existence of PH1 and the as-yet unnamed planet in Alpha Centauri will reignite the race to find an Earth-like planet that could host extraterrestrial life.

The most powerful telescopes ever built are about to come online, adding more fuel to the discussion about where life could exist. Scientific discussion about the possibility of alien life forms is becoming more mainstream as well.

“I think scientists are very happy having a rational conversation about the likelihood of life out there,” said Bob Nichol, an astronomer at Portsmouth University in Britain.

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