Micro Life Zone
Asked by laravdw to DJ, Kyler, Mia, Mick, Peter on 27 Aug 2013. This question was also asked by bagzii, cheeseballs.
Keywords: habitat, planet, survive
Not one that has been found so far but I imagine there might be one out there. Kyler might have some ideas about this.
@laravdw – Kyler will know!
I think we’ve identified some systems with suns similar to ours that are most likely to have planets with a similar composition to Earth, but I’m not aware of any planets having been identified.
Good question! We’re still looking for habitable planets. We think there probably are places we could live, but we don’t know for sure yet. I expect we will know in the next decade or so!
In our Solar System the nearest is Mars, where we might be able to survive with help (to provide air we can breathe and water we can drink and shelter from the cold).
I am sure there are other planets “out there somewhere” that are enough Earth-like that we could live. As yet, our instruments cannot detect a planets as small as Earth around another star.
When we do, we can predict its average temperature (from the type of star and how far it is from it) and spectrography may tell us if there is oxygen and water there.
I am not an expert but..
I found in the Guinness World Records 2010 there was a planet found around 15,000 or 150,000 lightyears away. That proves it wont be easy to get to a ” habitable planet”
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And since we found it, it is much larger than Earth, and probably has gravity too strong for us (that is not certain, because as planets go, Earth is very dense and so has very high gravity for its size).
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