The Search For Habitable Alien Worlds

November 4, 2014 4:55 PM

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The Search For Habitable Alien Worlds

Astronomers spend a significant amount of time searching for “Earth-like planets” – ones that could potentially be inhabited or traveled to in the future. Within this spectrum of research, there’s also the question of extraterrestrial life. Are we truly the only living beings in the whole expanse of the universe? Do aliens actually exist? Unfortunately, scientists aren’t closing in on the answers anytime soon.

Traditionally, in order to study the architecture and the evolution of the planetary systems, scientists yield powerful technologies like the Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) to observe the debris created when planetesimals (asteroid-like bodies) collide – aka exozodiacal dust. Older star ...

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