Planets That Could Possibly Support Life

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Planets That Could Possibly Support Life

Abigail McCoy

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While the earth is not completely dead yet, NASA has already begun looking into planets far from the solar system to send a research drone to. Planets, in order to be possible candidates for human life, have to be in the so called “Goldilocks Zone.”  This is a region in space not too close nor too far from a star, just close enough to sustain liquid water.

One of the prime candidates for an Earth-like exoplanet is KOI-7923.01. It orbits KIC 9084569, a star in the Cygnus constellation. The planet is 97% the size of earth and contains a climate the same as Earth’s Siberia or a cold tundra region. KOI-7923.01 has an orbital period of 395 days and it is still warm enough perhaps to support liquid water.

A planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, Proxima b, could possibly also support liquid water according to research done on that star system. The star is 4.22 light years away and is 1.3 times the mass of Earth. It is a possible candidate, though unlikely to be colonized due to the system being too far away.

The entirety of the Trappist-1 system could possibly support life. The ultra-cool dwarf star of Trappist-1 is cool enough that it is probable that even the closest planet to the star could hold liquid water. The system holds seven Earth-like exoplanets, all of which most likely have rocky surfaces. It is also theorized that some of the planets in the Trappist-1 system already contain life.

Travel to another planet for colonization may not happen or even be achievable within this century but it is still very good to continue research, just in case there is a possibility of life for humans out there.

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Hi! I’m Abigail McCoy. I am a sophomore and Paw Print’s secretary. I joined print journalism my freshman year because I greatly enjoy writing and getting...

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