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Teegarden B Has Highest Possibility Of Alien Life!

Teegarden B Has Highest Possibility Of Alien Life!



From what the planets are like, to whether they could be places to find life, join me as we explore how Teegarden B Has Highest Possibility Of Alien Life!

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Very recently (like found in 2019 recently), observers from CARMENES (who are a team looking for Class-M planets for us to habitate) found two Earth-like planets just 12.5 lightyears from planet Earth.Granted, that’s still pretty far and it’d still take us a long time to travel there, but 12 lightyears is much closer than the 45,000 light years and beyond of certain other “Earth-like planets” that have ben found. Not to mention, these two planets feel like ones that could have both the necessary water and land for us to live on:
“The two planets resemble the inner planets of our solar system,” lead author Mathias Zechmeister, a research scientist at the Institute for Astrophysics at the University of G√∂ttingen in Germany, said in a statement. “They are only slightly heavier than Earth and are located in the so-called habitable zone, where water can be present in liquid form.”
Research has obviously just begun on these two stars, but there is hope that they could be the real deal. For example, usually the fact that this is a red dwarf star (called Teegarden) would be a red-flag, as they don’t produce as much heat and light. But, the two planets are actually closer to the sun, so that actually would work in our favor.
The only truly “weird” thing about these planets is the orbits around their sun. It takes them between 1-2 weeks to do it, even less than that in fact. That’s massively quick. But, if you think about it, time is only a construct, so what would really matter is how those quick orbits help or hinder the landscape.
Even if these two twins aren’t perfectly suitable, the team at CARMENES are hopeful that other Earth-like planets could be as close as they are, and possibly in the same system as them.
But for now, let’s focus on Teegarden B, and talk about why certain people think that this is the planet that has the highest probability of being a place where alien life can be found.
Obviously, the biggest hurdle has been cleared in that the planet in is in the habitable zone of its star Teegarden. You’d be surprised by how many “potential Earths” are out there, but few of them are in a good range from their sun, which makes them either too hot or too cold, and when you’re trying to pick a planet to live on…you don’t go to a planet of extremes unless you’re in an EXTREME emergency, am I right?
Anyway, on the planet Teegarden B, you’ll find that the temperature is a suitable 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit on average. Which means it’s a semi-hot planet, but trust me when I say you’d rather have a “Summer Day” on another planet than a freezing one or one that is so hot your skin will melt.
Furthermore, as outlined earlier, there is a VERY good chance that Teegarden B has water. But not just water, oceans! A LOT of scientists feel that the oceans of Teegarden B are not unlike what we have here on Earth, and if that’s true that could be an even bigger sign that there is life on the planet. Not to mention, if there is land masses on there and not just a water world (which hasn’t been confirmed as of yet but is likely) that would mean that it could be a near copy of Earth with just different proportions of water and land.
But all of this would be moot if the star known as Teegarden wasn’t one to “cooperate” with the planet. What do I mean by that? Think about our own sun. Because of the distance to our star (93 million miles in total) we don’t get the brunt of the heat or the light or the radiation that it produces. We get just enough of it, and our atmosphere and magnetosphere deflects or absorbs all the other things that could potentially hurt us if we were to get it full blast.
There are many stars in the universe, and many of them have Earth-like planets surrounding them, including ones we truly believe could be the future home of humanity. The problem is that most times the stars do things like solar flares, massive bursts of energy and radiation that can destroy an atmosphere and cause untold damage to the surface of the planet that we’re trying to inhabit.
But in the case of Teegarden…despite it being a Red Dwarf star…it doesn’t act up at all. In fact, it’s been known to be a rather inactive and quiet star. Which is great, because given the distance of Teegarden to Teegarden B (which is much closer than the distance from the Earth to the sun), if flares were to happen, the planet would be ravaged by it. But since that’s not the case, it appears as though, Teegarden B really does have the best case scenario to produce life.

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What If You Spent 24 Hours Lost at Sea?

What If You Spent 24 Hours Lost at Sea?

This man is about to dive 20 m (65 ft) off the top of a cruise ship. What will happen to his body when he hits the water? Well, luckily for him, and others, the impact of hitting the water wouldn’t be the worst part of going overboard. The worst part would be what could come next: being lost at sea. Even if you’re wearing a life jacket, surviving all alone in a giant body of water until someone rescues you will not be easy. What would be the biggest threat to your survival? How could fish eyes save your life? And how long would you have before the water starts breaking down your skin?

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What If We Settled on an Exoplanet?

What If We Settled on an Exoplanet?

Are you looking for a change of scenery? Are you tired of boring old Earth?
How would you like a new home away from home? Really far away from home. Like outside our Solar System far. What exoplanet would suit us best? Are there any pros? And more importantly, what are the cons?

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G Objects: A Strange New Discovery At The Galactic Centre!

G Objects: A Strange New Discovery At The Galactic Centre!

From what they are, to what they could mean for both black holes and the Milky Way Galaxy, join me as we unravel the mystery of G objects.
So…what exactly are G objects? To answer that, we have to go to the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, you know, the galaxy we live in right now? Well, at the center of that is a black hole, or to be more accurate a “radio source” that we BELIEVE to be a Supermassive Black Hole known as Sagittarius A. We technically know it’s a black hole because of readings and such, but as many scientists like to note, if you haven’t seen it or touched it yourself…it’s all theoretical.
Anyway, like you would expect from a black hole, the area around it is dark (as black holes don’t let light escape and thus they make a black mass of space) and anything that would get near it would get sucked in. But over the last few decades, astronomers have noted that there are things actually orbiting the black hole, which really shouldn’t be happening. And yet, they are, and they’re acting like objects that have never been viewed before in space or anything else.
Thus, these objects were labeled, “G Objects”, and of these objects that we have found, there are 6. There could be more, but we haven’t found them yet, so for now it’s just six, and the first two of these six were actually found decades ago.
Here’s what happened, scientists were studying the black hole and over the course of many years realized that two objects seemed to be orbiting the black hole, and yet, they weren’t acting right. The first belief of these objects in regards to what they were gas clouds. Which if we’re being honest would make sense as gas clouds are littered throughout space, including one that has the chemical that is used to make alcohol taste better (no, really, look it up.)
But there were some problems with this theory. First among them was that these two different gas clouds were 100 astronomical units across (one astronomical unit is the distance between the Earth and the sun), which made it REALLY weird that something that size would be orbiting a black hole without issue. And as they looked closer, they noticed that the clouds were getting stretched out as they were getting closer to the black hole. So in many ways, these gas clouds were acting like something else made of gas…
“These objects look like gas but behave like stars,” said physicist and astronomer Andrea Ghez of the University of California, Los Angeles.
Since the find of G1 and G2 (the names of the two gas clouds), the team led by Ghez has been studying the center of the galaxy for 20 years! And through that, they found G3-G6, confirming that there were many objects orbiting Sagittarius A…for some reason. What’s even weirder if you can believe it is the orbits of these six objects aren’t uniform in the slightest, they are vastly different. No unlike the planets in our solar system having much longer orbits than Earth.
How different are they? Depending on the object they can range from 170 years to 1,600 years! And…yes, there’s more, there’s always more, they STILL don’t know what these six objects are! How’s that for a kicker?
We are getting clues though as to what some of them MIGHT be. For example, in 2014, the object known as G2 entered a period of its orbit where it was closest to the black hole, and when that happened, some observations were made:
“G2 is a dusty red object associated with gas that shows tidal interactions as it nears its closest approach with the Galaxy’s central black hole.”
Not just that though, as they observed it from that point to where it moved to next, scientists noticed that it was changing shape based on where it was near the black hole:
“We had seen it before, but it didn’t look too peculiar until it got close to the black hole and became elongated, and much of its gas was torn apart. It went from being a pretty innocuous object when it was far from the black hole to one that was really stretched out and distorted at its closest approach and lost its outer shell, and now it’s getting more compact again.”
So what does that tell us? What does this mean as a whole? Does it truly help us determine what G2 is, or what any of the other G objects are?
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The answer to what the G objects may be might be simpler than you might suspect. Because it doesn’t necessarily have to do with what the G objects are per se, but rather, with where they are located!
Confused? I’ll explain. There are many kinds of stars in the universe, we’ve even talked about some of them here on the channel before, but one of those types of stars is Binary. Binary stars are defined as..
To that end, some scientists believe that the other G Objects are possibly also gas byproducts from fused Binary Stars.

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