Science: Life could be likelier on icy planets than rocky ones

[I follow science because 97% of science was created by whites and WHITES will use this tool to get out there and move across the universe. Jan]

In the hunt for extra-terrestrial life, scientists tend to take what is known as the “low-hanging fruit approach.” This consists of looking for conditions similar to what we experience here on Earth, which include at oxygen, organic molecules, and plenty of liquid water. Interestingly enough, some of the places where these ingredients are present in abundance include the interiors of icy moons like Europa, Ganymede, Enceladus and Titan.

Whereas there is only one terrestrial planet in our Solar System that is capable of supporting life (Earth), there are multiple “Ocean Worlds” like these moons. Taking this a step further, a team of researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) conducted a study that showed how potentially-habitable with interior oceans are far more likely than terrestrial planets in the universe.

The study, titled “Subsurface Exolife,” was performed by Manasvi Lingam and Abraham Loeb of the Harvard Smithsonain Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at Harvard University. For the sake of their study, the authors consider all that what defines a circumstellar habitable zone (aka. “Goldilocks Zone”) and likelihood of there being life inside moons with interior oceans.

To begin, Lingam and Loeb address the tendency to confuse habitable zones (HZs) with habitability, or to treat the two concepts as interchangeable. For instance, planets that are located within an HZ are not necessarily capable of supporting life – in this respect, Mars and Venus are perfect examples. Whereas Mars is too cold and it’s atmosphere too thin to support life, Venus suffered a runaway greenhouse effect that caused it to become a hot, hellish place.

On the other hand, bodies that are located beyond HZs have been found to be capable of having liquid water and the necessary ingredients to give rise to life. In this case, the moons of Europa, Ganymede, Enceladus, Dione, Titan, and several others serve as perfect examples. Thanks to the prevalence of water and geothermal heating caused by tidal forces, these moons all have interior oceans that could very well support life.

You can read the rest & view the other graphics here: https://phys.org/news/2017-12-life-likelier-icy-planets-rocky.html

One thought on “Science: Life could be likelier on icy planets than rocky ones

  • 7th December 2017 at 9:20 am
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    3 easy questions… !) Why is it that a flight from N.Y. to L.A. takes the same amount of time as a flight from L.A. to N.Y.? This is impossible on a planet that rotates.
    2) Take four golf balls,or any similar sized items and place them in front of you in a line from left to right. “Science” tell us that from left to right these are The Sun,Mercury,Venus,and the Earth. Now,at night time we are facing away from the Sun,looking out at the rest of the solar system,and the Universe(mark the golf ball with an ink pen to represent you)… How is it possible, according to the official theory,that we can see Venus at night time? It is closer to the Sun,we SHOULD NOT SEE IT AT NIGHT,but we do.
    3) Polaris is the North Star,it never moves,it is fixed in position. The angle we observe it at never changes from the location. Down by the equator it is at zero.Moving North it rises,for example in Bath England it is 51 1/2 degrees. Knowing the distance to the NORTH POLE where the star moves to 90 degrees we can calculate the distance..apprx 4,000 to 4,500 miles…not 790 trillion or whatever absurdity they tell us.
    Science is repeatable experimentation and observation.Sadly,due to Jewry, many branches of our sciences are nothing but dogmatic propaganda. This includes astronomy. The Sagnac experiment ,Michelson -Morely and Michelson-Gale have been carried out and repeated many time proving the heavens rotate above a still earth.
    o.

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