Earth 2.0 Located: Conditions Are Perfect For Life To Exist

K2-3d sounds more like a Star Wars droid than an exoplanet but scientists are getting pretty excited about the discovery of this planet as it potentially has a warm climate and all the necessary conditions to support life.

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Exoplanet discoveries are fairly commonplace these days but the vast majority of the planets found are not usually suitable for life in any shape to exist. They are usually too far from their star, too close, or have some other wild characteristic that means life as we know it would never have evolved. Recently though, Kepler’s K2 mission located a potential planet around 150 light-years away that could well be home to alien life. The planet is around 1.5 times bigger than our own and a year on the planet would take around 45 days.

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Japanese scientists who’ve taken a great interest in the planet have signaled that conditions could be pretty similar to what we have here. If that is the case, then there is no reason why K2-3d shouldn’t be teeming with life. They say that K2-3d has a tolerable temperature and water, which should be enough for life. These are, admittedly, speculations at the moment as we have not been able to confirm anything about the exoplanet. Some theories about K2-3d could be confirmed in the New Year so we should keep an eye on this one.

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NASA is aiming to use the hardware at their disposal, namely Hubble, and eventually the James Webb Space Telescope, to take a better look at the potential discovery. They would be looking for characteristics that would indicate life could exist on the planet’s surface. These characteristics include the presence of clouds and a hydrogenic atmosphere.

“NASA is aiming for a more in-depth examination of the likely planet. They hope to find a hydrogen-rich atmosphere, or a blanket of clouds. If we found any signal, then we would hit K2-3d extremely hard with James Webb Space Telescope.” Dr Björn Benneke – California Institute of Technology.

We probably shouldnt get too excited. These discoveries have been made before and tuned out to be against us in the hunt for life. We still do not know if the planet is tidal-locked, meaning the planet may permanently face it’s star on one side, meaning one half would be scorched and the other half frozen. There is a line on a tidally-locked planet where the temperature might be in the right region, however this is all speculation at this stage.

Do you think we will find life on an exoplanet any time soon? Let me know in the comments or check out my Facebook page.

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7 Replies to “Earth 2.0 Located: Conditions Are Perfect For Life To Exist”

  1. A warm glass of Nope for the chances of life developing and surviving long term around this one….. sorry. First of all the bad news is the star it surrounds is a red dwarf and puts out about 6% of the energy our own sun does. The orbit puts this planet at 44 days and a very strong chance it is tidally locked so it is likely the back side is frozen and the front side is burnt. The red dwarf stars are not as stable like our own Sun and puts out radiation in a way that is designed to kill off life forms. Density and size make the gravity higher than Earth and a concern. If we want to get serious about finding an Earth Twin, we should start with finding a Sun twin first.

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  2. Tidally locked doesn’t mean no life. And neither does a higher density, less stable, star. Life can form in different ways to adapt to whatever environment it’s in. Just because we couldn’t live there, doesn’t mean something else can’t. Even if we only find single celled organisms- which still hasn’t been done, and are theorized to exist under the icy surface of Europa, one of Jupiter’s forty eight moons- it would improve our understanding of the fundamentals of life, and to what extremes that it could develope. So, being hopeful is a lot better than being a Debbie downer and saying it’s not there right out of the gate.

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    1. I want to believe and I hope they do find life under the ice on the moons in our solar system with liquid water. I also want to believe that the red dwarf star systems have the ability to both create life on the rocky worlds that orbit them and then also allow life to evolve on them. Of course suns like our own seem to have a much different life cycle and burn out at the 10 billion year mark, so maybe they can spark and grow life for a max of about 7 billion years and that could be enough time to create intelligent life, then create ships to escape your own gravity with enough time to terraform a rocky world like Mars in a more distant orbit to buy another billion years, then create starships able to travel to other solar systems and alter human dna to survive in deep space. The good news about any rocky worlds orbiting red dwarfs is that their output could occur over a trillion years or longer, so maybe there will eventually be life on them, but we are just 500 billion years too early or more. Smaller red dwarf stars may even last beyond 4 trillion years, so imagine 2,000 billion years from now or half of their life cycle. Maybe their worlds are habitable, but life never gets that spark there to get started and they prove wonderful landing pads for future Von Newman probes we send out to seed these distant worlds where life does finally get a foothold and then develop. I know life finds a way in extreme environments on earth when they are refueled from non extreme environments over billions and billions of years, but don’t let that fool you that extremophiles are likely to get started on their own, or are likely to evolve well in those environments. You might get a water bear to live there a few years, but don’t forget they had the advantage on earth to be created first in other environments, then allowed to evolve over billions and billions of years to finally become water bears. It could also prove that life does develop, but intelligent life is so ridiculously rare that we just don’t see it, or life on these distant worlds is hard to detect without better tools like the Webb telescope and others. Maybe the life of the Universe will prove to be at least 4 trillion years or more… so the fact we think we are showing up at 13.7 of 4,000 then it could be silly to expect life to be everywhere or anywhere in less than the first 1% of that total time frame. Just like life is popping up on Earth, maybe on at least 1 world per galaxy there are others showing up all over the Universe, but just far enough away from each other it will take thousands or millions of years before we finally detect any distant signals (especially if most of us are moving away from each other at very fast speeds to slow that signal from ever reaching us, even if we are looking in the right direction or have the correct equipment to pick up those signals).

      Again, I hope there are others out there….. but I think they are so far away it won’t mater to our survival and thus it is up to us to let life spread throughout our galaxy. I could be wrong… just 1 opinion of course.

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  3. For the record, I think the greatest discovery we could make is to prove there is a 2nd genesis of life that is created within our own solar system, or even beyond it. I hope NASA gets all the funding it needs to prove it one way or the other. My guess is we can use computer modeling to help accelerate our understanding of how life first got started on Earth and then we will better know where and how to look beyond Earth. If life on Earth proves to be very rare, then there is a long list of reasons…. how our Earth first formed with the giant impact theory has a lot to do with making the right life cake and getting the right ingredients and in the exact order needed.

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