Trending News: Urantia Book Commentary Blog

All Blog Posts |  See More Blogs

     |           |     

Astronomers Use Kepler Spacecraft to Search for Exomoons

Exomoons in an artist's conception MOONRISE: An artist's conception of an exoplanet hosting smaller moons. Image: David A. Aguilar (CfA)

Astronomers have discovered a trove of exoplanets—more than 700 worlds in orbit around distant stars, with leads on thousands of additional suspects. So now, naturally, they're beginning to ask: What moons might be in orbit about these planets?

It is a reasonable question. Most of the planets in our solar system host sizable natural satellites. And in some planetary systems, the moons of an extrasolar planet could themselves be favorable habitats for extraterrestrial life.

Some 50 of those candidates fall in the so-called habitable zone, the region around a star where temperatures would allow for the presence of liquid water and perhaps the emergence of life. A gas-giant planet in the habitable zone, akin to a warmer Jupiter or Saturn, would lack a solid surface and hence would not be an ideal habitat for life—but its moons might be. "There could be a lot of habitable moons out there, and we want to know about them," Kipping says.

See "Link to External Source Article" below to read further.


This is part of page one of a two-page article...

And...from The Urantia Book:

49:0.4 Not all planets are suited to harbor mortal life. Small ones having a high rate of axial revolution are wholly unsuited for life habitats. In several of the physical systems of Satania the planets revolving around the central sun are too large for habitation, their great mass occasioning oppressive gravity. Many of these enormous spheres have satellites, sometimes a half dozen or more, and these moons are often in size very near that of Urantia, so that they are almost ideal for habitation.

49:2.14 If mortals should inhabit a planet devoid of air, like your moon, they would belong to the separate order of nonbreathers. This type represents a radical or extreme adjustment to the planetary environment and is separately considered. Nonbreathers account for the remaining one and one-half per cent of Satania worlds.

Link to External Source Article

     |           |     
Atom   RSS