- Written by Queen Munguti for KenyaKidz
In case you are wondering what today’s Google’s doodle that shows a depiction of the world looking through a telescope is commemorating, well, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which deals with aerospace research has announced that it has discovered seven new planets that could sustain life.
“NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water,” read a statement on the organization’s website.
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“The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water – key to life as we know it – under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone.”
However it is the possible existence of other life forms in the universe other than human beings, yes aliens, that has excited science and astronomy enthusiasts.
"Here we have the right target to start the search for life following the discoveries. Within the next decade we could know if we are alone in the universe. And that is quite incredible. We have made a crucial step toward finding if there is life out there,” said Cambridge astronomer Dr Amaury Triaud in an interview with UK online news website, Mirror.
It would seem man’s continued search for extraterrestrial life is far from over.