Nairobi, February 24, Since the beginning of the space age in 1957, humanity has been seeking to conquer the universe. NASA’s latest discovery of 7 exoplanets may have drawn us closer than ever before to the elusive victory.
According to a NASA report on February 23, 2017, seven Earth-size exoplanets orbiting the ultra-cool red dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 have been discovered. This discovery was made by the orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope- the fourth and final of the NASA Great Observatories program.
The planetary system TRAPPIST has been named after The Transiting Planets and Planetesimals Small Telescope located in Chile. Due to the cool nature of star, liquid water could possibly survive on exoplanets orbiting very close to the TRAPPIST star.
Human beings have been searching for answers and meaning of life in the stars and planets since time immemorial. As the short sci-fi film “Wanderers” by Erik Wernquist phrases it, “The open road still softly calls, like a nearly forgotten song of childhood.”
NASA’s discovery raised hopes of possible exotic lifeforms in the distant worlds. Given the temperatures of the TRAPPIST star and the Earth-size exoplanets, the potential of habitable atmospheres is real.
Perhaps the idea of the Alien E.T. is not farfetched after all. Who knows? We might end up discovering one of our kind in this vast space.
Next time when you are under the skies of ruddy twilight, let your imagination take you away. Most importantly embrace the idea that we are certainly not alone! At least not after the exoplanet discovery.