Kepler Space Telescope, NASA’s planet chasing gadget that looks for conceivable second Earths in space recently found yet another solar system. Since its dispatch in 2009 has made numerous discoveries including 1,000 exoplanets and just about 4,200 exoplanet “suspects” Recently, the space telescope spotted a solar system that resembles our own and is not that far either- just 117 light years away. The new close planetary system that Kepler identified has five planets and circles around its own star named Kepler 444. Kepler 444 is said to be 11.2 billion years old, over twice as old as our sun.
As per the space experts, Kepler 444 may give extra data about the true age of stars or when stars began to structure solar systems and possible extraterrestrial life.
Dr. Tiago Campante, a research fellow at the University of Birmingham, and one of the space experts who helped find the new solar system wrote in a public statement that the recent discovery has extensive implications.
Campante and his group who are concentrating on the Kepler 444 planetary system noted the planets are excessively close with each other and excessively near to Kepler 444. It falls under Goldilocks zone implying it is warm in there but not enough to host life. Campante mentioned that , perhaps there is a nearby planetary group out there that can support life, much the same as Earth.
The researcher emailed The Huffington Post saying:
“Other similarly old planets could indeed harbor life. Think about a technologically advanced civilization that has a few billion years head start relative to us!”
Nevertheless some scientists are reluctant with regards to this idea.
William Borucki, a space researcher at the NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field was reported saying that there is no proof that older planet are more prone to having life than recently shaped ones. He added that the finding of Kepler-444 is important but whether it suggests life or no life will remain a puzzle until Earth tech engineering advances to the point it can provide us with a certain answer. The new finding was reported on 28 January (AEDT) in the Astrophysical Journal. The University of Birmingham also had the support of the University of Sydney in the scientific research.
Together with their partners the University’s stargazing group used asteroseismology to establish the age of the star and planets. This method measures motions – the natural resonances of the host star brought about by sound waves caught inside it.
They prompt small changes or pulses in the star’s light and permit scientists to gauge its breadth, mass, and age. The existence and size of the planets is established thank to the darkening that happens when the planets pass across the face of the star.
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