A newly discovered super-Earth, Barnard b, may be capable of supporting alien life, researchers at Villanova University report. This world is roughly three times larger than the Earth, and experiences frigid temperatures. However, if it is a rocky world with a molten core, like Earth and Venus, this could provide enough heat to create oceans of liquid water that could support life. Astronomers are still uncertain if Bernard b has a solid surface, or if it is a gaseous world, similar to Uranus and Neptune. The next generation of telescopes may be able to make that determination, and possibly detect life if it exists on that alien world.Read More Could Alien Life Exist on Barnard b? It’s Possible!
A new exoplanet orbiting Bernard’s Star, just six light years from Earth, has been detected by astronomers. This frozen world orbits the cool red dwarf star at about the same distance as that which separates the Sun and Mercury. Life is unlikely to be found on the frigid surface, but the techniques used to discovery this world could allow astronomers to find a treasure trove of other worlds orbiting alien stars.Read More Howdy Neighbor! Frozen Super-Earth Discovered Orbiting Bernard’s Star
Liquid water has been found on Mars for the first time. The underground lake is 20 kilometers in diameter, and lies 1.5 kilometers beneath the south pole of the Red Planet. This finding greatly increases the chance of finding primitive life on Mars, although complex life is unlikely to be found there, due to the harsh conditions.Read More Eureka! Liquid Water Discovered on Mars!
One of the nearest extra-solar planets to Earth, Proxima B, has recently fallen out of favor as a potential home to alien life. Maybe it’s not time to count it out just yet.Read More Extraterrestrial Life May Feel at Home on Proxima B After All
The idea of life on Venus has fallen out of favor in recent decades. But, maybe it’s time to start looking for life on this world after all…Read More Is Venus the Hottest New Spot to Search for Extraterrestrial Life?
Microbes thrive under conditions like those seen on Saturn’s ocean moon of Enceladus. What does this mean for the search for extraterrestrial life?Read More Microbes Could be Right at Home on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus
Michio Kaku answered questions about the nature of alien life during an AMA. Here are the three likelihoods he postulated, as well as a couple of our own.Read More Is Michio Kaku Right About Aliens, and What Does that Mean for First Contact?
When alien life is discovered, will people panic, or greet the news in a positive manner? A new study may provide the answer.Read More Will People Panic When We Find Alien Life? A New Study Reveals the Answer
The cryptocurrency craze could be hindering the search for extraterrestrial life. Here’s the story of how Bitcoin and Ethereum, along with other digital currencies, could make us miss hearing ET.Read More Is Bitcoin Hindering the Search for Extraterrestrial Life?
When viruses from space are found, will they bring about an epidemic, or provide researchers with valuable information? A new study explores what could happen.Read More Alien Viruses – Will the Human Race See the Andromeda Strain Play Out Here on Earth?