Thursday, March 20, 2008
NYT : Stuff of Life (but Not Life Itself) Is Detected on a Distant Planet
This is the beginning! The Hubble Space Telescope has finally detected an exoplanet with relatively simple life -- molecules. I agree that the planet requires to have water and some sort of gases in order to originate life. The exoplanet itself is too hot. The temperature goes as high as 1,700 Fahrenheit. It orbits around the sun that is smaller than our own sun. The distance between that exoplanet and small sun is about 3 million miles apart and the exoplanet mass is similar to Jupiter.
I am still skeptical on other planets supporting intellectual life like ours. But, I am more optimistic on finding out about simple life on other planet. If the simple life could evolve into more complex living things, I would be totally impressed.
For further reading, click on the link below.
Stuff of Life (but Not Life Itself) Is Detected on a Distant Planet