February 25th, 2015 16:25 EST
Has NASA Finally Found Another Habitable Planet Like Earth?
"Our once beloved Earth has been reduced to nothing more than an environment full of the onset of global warming, destruction of our ecosystems and a planet that has become a ball of a toxic wasteland with the way our carelessness of disposal of toxic waste, harmful chemicals from business dispensed in the air and many other factors over the past few centuries that has destroyed our ozone layer and turned our beautiful planet into a back alley garbage bin."
Maybe I am being a little harsh in my above thesis statement but if you read between the lines it is true. We have seen and heard about a lot of issues happening to our planet with the onset of global warming from our carelessness when it comes to disposing toxic waste from businesses and so on.
Scientists realize that one day our planet could be so inhabitable for human life that we would have to move to another planet. The problem is what other planet? Scientists would or should I say will have to find another planet in that vast and broad solar system of ours that has the same characteristics or at least as close to as possible the same characteristics as Earth and then find a way to relocate us humans to that planet wherever it may be. So, while you are reading this article you are probably thinking to yourself, Yea Right, there is no way that there is another planet that is the same as Earth lurking somewhere out there in the corners and shadows of space where as the old coined phrase from the old sitcom, Star Trek said, "To boldly go where no man as gone before... Or is there?..."
NASA has been searching behind the scenes for what I call, Earth Two and recently it seems they might have hit the bull`s eye on finding a planet with a lot of the same characteristics as ours. NASA`s Keplar Space telescope recently spotted an Earth-like planet known as Keplar-186 in our vast galaxy that is or has been orbiting near what is known as the Cygnus Constellation. It is approximately five-hundred light years away from us.
Within this Earth like planet is a habitable zone with sufficient atmospheric pressure that can support liquid water at their surfaces. NASA has estimated is the past that there are approximately forty- billion planets out there that are about the same size as Earth but this recent discovery in the Cygnus Constellation of the Earth-like planet is the only one that is in what is known as the habitable zone within another star.
Also, within this zone are four other planets that orbit the same star as Keplar-186 and as anyone knows to have a complete habitable planet for humans to survive there also needs to be a sun like our sun that the habitable planet would orbit as does Earth and anyone knows that our sun is also a star; within this region since there are also four other planets orbiting the one star that could mean that if this star is similar to our sun then the probability of life on this newly discovered Earth two planet exponentially rises.
Elisa Quintana who is a research scientist at the SETI Institute at NASA`s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California and is the lead author of the paper published today in the journal Science commented on this, "We know of just one planet where life exists " Earth. When we search for life outside our solar system we focus on finding planets with characteristics that mimic that of Earth. Finding a habitable zone planet comparable to Earth in size is a major step forward." (Quintana, E.)
The nearby star that scientists are hoping turns out to have the same characteristics as our sun only has only half the mass and size of our sun and only seems to receive about one-third the energy that we receive from our sun. Also, Keplar-186 makes one complete orbit around this star about every one-hundred and thirty days.
With this new discovery of Keplar-186 could mean we have finally found another Earth that one day if needed or I should say if the destruction of our planet my man continues, is needed then you can I can rest assured that our future generations to come can at least have the chance to start again on another planet that is similar to Earth if our damages to our ozone layer, environment and ecosystems are not fixed and fixed in a timely manner before global warming turns out to be the kill shot that finishes off our current planet known as Earth.
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