How One Barren Planet Could 'Dramatically Narrow' the Search for Alien Life

Space

By Aahil

October  28, 2022

In physics, a lot of time is spent looking for something while having no idea what you're looking for.

Some of the largest scientific projects, including the search for dark matter and antimatter and the effort to finish the Standard Model of Particle Physics, are summed up by this contradictory undertaking.

A discovery uncovered by scientists, in their opinion, might "dramatically restrict" the challenging hunt for extraterrestrial life.

The team explains why an Earth-like planet orbiting a M dwarf, the most prevalent kind of star in the cosmos, appears to have no atmosphere in a research that was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

We will learn more about this via the James Webb Space Telescope's observations of planets like these.

Hill does, however, express some optimism, saying that if a planet is sufficiently enough from a M dwarf, it could "retain an atmosphere, perhaps.

It's somewhat bigger than Earth, which is part of what makes it "Earth-like," but it's much hotter since it's closer to its star than Earth is to the sun

How One Barren Planet Could 'Dramatically Narrow' the Search for Alien Life

Even if the planet contained 700 times as much carbon as Earth does, it wouldn't have an atmosphere.

It would begin to pile up before tapering off and eroding away "Co-author of the study and UC Riverside astrophysicist Stephen Kane stated in a statement.

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