Seven Earth-Like Planets Discovered 40 Light Years Away
After holding us in suspense for days with promises of a “major” announcement, NASA has just revealed that it has discovered 7 “Earth-sized” planets orbiting a nearby star that are relatively well positioned to support life. Which is shocking really that among the literally billions of planets in the universe there might be a couple that are roughly the size of Earth and also roughly the same distance from their star…this is the kind of investigative work that is undoubtedly going to earn some scientists at NASA a really large taxpayer-funded raise.
But before you pack your bags, you should know that the planets are roughly 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius. And for those not familiar with exactly how fast light travels, according to NASA, it would take you roughly 44 million years to get there using modern technology.
Scientists say they need to study the atmospheres before determining whether these planets could support some type of life but at least three of them are in the so-called habitable zone, where water and, possibly life, might exist.
Per Bloomberg, today’s discovery expands upon an announcement from last year of three Earth-sized planets orbiting the star known as Trappist-1…but apparently it took the same scientist roughly the past year to realize that one of those planets was actually three separate planets.
The finding expands on the announcement last year of three Earth-size planets orbiting this star, called Trappist–1. The Dutch team led by Michaël Gillon of the Université de Liège has since figured out that one of those three planets is actually three separate planets. Two newly found neighbors bring the Trappist–1 system total to seven, today’s announcement revealed.
The first planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, were discovered in the mid-1990s. From the earliest findings—Jupiter-size planets orbiting stars more closely than Mercury circles the Sun—astronomers had to tear up assumptions about what solar systems look like.
Since then, some 3,500 expolanets have been discovered. If there are 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and each of them has at least one planet, that’s billions of possibilities for Earth-like planets.
And here are some of the specs of the newly discovered planets for those hoping to visit in the near future.
And here is a live feed of scientists who will try to convince you that their latest discovery is very important.
Mysterious announcement about life ‘beyond our solar system’
Source: Neon Nettle
The space agency is being very secretive about what they will be revealing but has hinted at what it might be by saying it “present new findings on planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets”.
Experts believe that the revelation will be about the discovery of life on exoplanets, which are planets that orbit a different star other than our own sun.Although NASA has given no clue of the announcement, it has confirmed scientists from the Spitzer telescope will be present, that is responsible for observing transiting exoplanets in infrared wavelengths, and has helped to chart and characterize many, including puzzling out details of planetary atmospheres.
The Independent reports: The event will see the revelation of major information about exoplanets, or planets that orbit stars other than our sun, according to a release. It made no further mention of the details of what would be revealed.
Exoplanets are the major hope for life elsewhere in the universe since many have been found that resemble our own Earth and could have the building blocks of life. More of them are being discovered all the time.
The event will take place on 22 February at 1 pm New York time, it said. It will be streamed live on Nasa’s television station and on its website.
Attending the press conference will be astronomers and planetary scientists from across the world.
Nasa said that the public will be able to ask questions using the hashtag #AskNasa during the conference. The agency will also hold a Reddit AMA, or ask me anything, session straight after the briefing.
NASA Live Video Feed Cut Again As 6 Large ‘UFOs’ Creep Past International Space Station
Source: Collective Evolution, February 20, 2017
New and strange footage from NASA’s live feed of the International Space Station appears to show six large objects scurrying by. This is not the first time this sight has been seen, but this instance contains unique characteristics.
As you can see in the live video below, relayed by the American space agency, the objects flying by move from the right of the screen towards the left. Unlike previous instances where only 1 object comes into frame, this video contains six UFO’s that are resulting in n outcry for explanation from viewers.
The phenomenon was originally spotted by a UFO enthusiast at Streetcap1 who shared the clip with the popular YouTube channel called SecureTeam10. They are a group of UFO experts who track down clips, investigate footage and put their findings out to an eager audience online.
Referring to the ISS UFO clip below, Tyler from SecureTeam said: “He has discovered what some are calling a fleet of unidentified flying objects moving in the distance behind the International Space Station.”
“We have about six UFOs passing behind, and judging from the distance, I would guess that the size of these objects, whatever they are, would be fairly large.”
“Much larger than Nasa’s typical excuse of ice particles, we must be looking at icebergs.”
Tyler goes on to explain that NASA suspiciously cut the live feed and replaced it with a feed from another ISS camera showing the inside of a briefing room.
Not The First Time
There have been a number of instances where NASA has cut a live feed as unexplained objects enter the cameras field of view.
Back in January of 2015, NASA cut the feed after video showed a small grey object slowly rising and then disappearing. There is no saying whether it’s an extraterrestrial space craft or not, but it’s unidentified and curious that NASA would cut the feed right at this time.
Again on July 9th 2016 another video from the International Space Station feed shows an object entering earth’s atmosphere and moments later the feed is cut. Once again, we cannot say this is a UFO or whether it’s manned, but there is an unidentified object and yet again NASA cut the feed.
Most explanations from NASA lean towards these objects being a meteor, space debris, or ice but once again we see secrecy and highly coincidental timing.
Take a look at the video below. Do you think it is a real UFO? Or is there some other explanation?