Three Bears – Three Exoplanets and Goldilocks Not Invited

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Three Bears - Three Exoplanets and Goldilocks Not Invited
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Okay, We discovered the first exoplanet in 1995. Since then, we have found around five thousand of them. Out of all of them, the absolute best chance and case for life on another planet or the conditions to have life have just been found. It started with a group of very excited astronomers that discovered three exoplanets in March 2016 passing in front of dwarf star called Trappist-1. They now know there are seven circling that sun and three that could have life. It is a star system that is 40 light years away and it has 7 planets circling its star. Of the seven, three of them are in the so-called “Goldilocks Zone” and could be filled with life and water with similar temperatures like Earth.

According to : The Goldilocks principle states that in a given sample, there may be entities belonging to extremes, but there will always be an entity belonging to the average. Or in other words, in a sample, there will always be a U-shaped distribution. When the effects of the principle are observed, it is known as the Goldilocks effect.

The Goldilocks principle is derived from a children’s story “The Three Bears” in which a little girl named Goldilocks finds a house owned by three bears. Each bear has its own preference for food and beds. After testing all three examples of both items, Goldilocks determines that one of them is always too much in one extreme (too hot or too large), one is too much in the opposite extreme (too cold or too small), and one is “just right”. The Goldilocks principle is applied across many disciplines, particularly developmental psychology, biology, economics, and engineering.”

Along with this new discovery, they found that all seven planets are around the size of Earth. Their sun is much smaller. So they believe if this one-star system can produce at least three Earth-like planets in the “Goldilocks Zone,” then there could be life all over the universe. The James Webb Space Telescope that will be launched in 2018 has the technology to study this star system like never before. They are taking that telescope and going after this big time in what sounds like a redirection of its original mission.

Now, what does it mean to you? How does this discovery affect your life today on Earth? If in the near future we can figure out the wormhole or “Einstein-Rosen bridge” that is a hypothetical topological feature, then this would fundamentally be a shortcut linking two separate points in spacetime and then there is a chance that you can get away from your nagging wife in this lifetime. Rumor has it that the first seats on an interstellar traveling spaceship have already been bought up completely by married men.

 

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