This has been a subject of a hot debate among astrologers and astronomers.While no body has seen future,a senior writer Mike Wall in Space/NBCNEWs predicts that 2013 just might be the year scientists find first ‘alien Earth.’
His premise,mostly based on facts,claims that the first truly Earthlike alien planet is likely to be spotted next year, an epic discovery that would cause humanity to reassess its place in the universe.
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“While astronomers have found a number of exoplanets over the last few years that share one or two key traits with our own world — such as size or inferred surface temperature — they have yet to bag a bona fide “alien Earth.” But that should change in 2013, scientists say”,writes Wall.
Wall quotes Abel Mendez, who runs the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo,as saying,”I’m very positive that the first Earth twin will be discovered next year.”
His article claims that astronomers had discovered the first exoplanet orbiting a sunlike star in 1995. “Since then, they’ve spotted more than 800 worlds beyond our own solar system, and many more candidates await confirmation by follow-up observations. [The Strangest Alien Planets (Gallery)]
NASA’s prolific Kepler Space Telescope, for example, has flagged more than 2,300 potential planets since its March 2009 launch. Only 100 or so have been confirmed to date, but mission scientists estimate that at least 80 percent will end up being the real deal.”
“The first exoplanet finds were scorching-hot Jupiter-like worlds that orbit close to their parent stars, because they were the easiest to detect. But over time, new instruments came online and planet hunters honed their techniques, enabling the discovery of smaller and more distantly orbiting planets — places more like Earth.
Last December, for instance, Kepler found a planet 2.4 times larger than Earth orbiting in its star’s habitable zone — that just-right range of distances where liquid water, and perhaps life as we know it, can exist.”