The Answer to Our Search for Alien Life: Proxima b and TRAPPIST-1e

By | October 4, 2022
The Answer to Our Search for Alien Life: Proxima b and TRAPPIST-1e

Habitable we hear this word 
often in modern astronomy   The Oxford dictionary meaning is suitable for 
people to live in but we cannot assign just   The Oxford meaning when talking about alien 
planets with the potential to Harbor life   The life forms outside our own Planet could be 
drastically different in their anatomy and biology   They may be well beyond our imagination and exist 
on a planet which lies in the habitable zone of   Its host star habitability is no simple matter 
because finding another Earth-like planet is   Way more complicated than you imagine just 
being in the habitable zone is not enough   There are many challenges when it comes to 
understanding worlds that are different from ours   One of the aims of the James Webb Telescope is a 
profound one to search for habitable exoplanets   Ones that could be hosting a in life with almost 
every major space agency and country in the world   Hunting for extraterrestrial life a commoner May 
wonder why where are we looking for life and why   An old joke offers an answer when asked 
why on a dark night he was looking for   His missing car keys beneath a Street Lamp 
the man answered because the light's better   Life on other planets might be like nothing 
on Earth it could be life as we don't know it   But it makes sense at least at first to search 
for something more familiar Life as we know it   Should be easier to find and the lights better 
in the habitable zone or the area around a star   Where planetary surface temperatures could 
allow the pooling of water two such places   Where the light literally is better our Proxima 
B and the worlds around trappist-1 ones that   Revolve around red dwarfs and have the perfect 
mix of conditions necessary to Harbor life Orbit beyond the blue about four light years away 
from Earth lies the closest exoplanet detected   Till date Proxima B some astronomers have found it 
potentially habitable While others have blasted it   For the intense x-rays it constantly gets pelted 
with by the star it orbits Proxima Centauri   Proximity orbits 20 times closer to its star than 
the distance at which Earth Journeys around the   Sun but because its star is a red dwarf the energy 
levels it receives from Proxima Centauri are close   To what our planet gets this means that the 
temperature of the planet should be mild enough   For liquid water to exist on its surface however 
there's any guarantee that creatures which didn't   Originate on Earth breathe oxygen and absolutely 
need water but the conditions on our planet are   What we have to go off off around 40 light 
years away lies a remarkable star system the   Trappist-1 system became world famous five years 
ago when NASA announced that it had discovered a   Whole Bevy of earth-sized planets orbiting 
within the habitable zone of a single star   Five years later the planets are still just 
as enigmatic if not more in July James Webb   Gave us this shot of the Trappist one to the 
untrained eye it might look like a pixelated mess   But it presents a lot more information at the time 
it was believed one of trappists seven earth-sized   Planets was passing in front of the star at least 
according to the Reddit threads the trappist-1 e  

The supposed photo bomber actually was trappist-1b 
one that isn't in the star's habitable zone   It orbits much too close to the Red Dwarf 
for life to stand a chance on its surface   Trappist-1e however remains a prime target for 
web when it undertakes the Trappist mission   It's right smack in the middle of the habitable 
zone also known as the Goldilocks zone   This is the orbital distance from a star where 
the amount of heating is right to allow liquid   Water on the surface of a planet both proximity 
and trappist-1 planets are tidally locked planets   Which means that one side of the planet 
is always facing the star bathing in solar   Radiation and the other side is enveloped In 
Perpetual Darkness whether or not trappist-1   Or proximately could be hotbed of Life most 
likely depends on whether an atmosphere exists   Because to support life it would need an 
atmosphere that could hold its own against   400 times the x-rays that reach Earth and if it 
has one life could be thriving in the planet's   Twilight Zone the region between the day and 
night side and amidst all the life nestled   In their laps the trappist-1 or proximity 
might give birth to an intelligent species   Species could Harbor energy directly from the Star 
by building a Dyson Sphere these species could   Also be the source of the strange radio signals 
that we have detected in the past few decades   While the sun could provide them energy it 
could also be the reason for their Extinction   Red dwarfs produce Stellar flares a lot more 
frequently than our sun does the ultraviolet light   Of the star during a stellar flare increases by 
over 10 000 times in just a fraction of a second   If humans could see ultraviolet light it would 
be like being Blinded By The Flash of a camera   This increase can last for only a couple 
of seconds and then gradually decline   Such massive flares basically erode away a 
bit of the atmosphere of any planets orbiting   That star including potentially Earth-like 
planet and if you don't have an atmosphere   Left on your planet then you definitely 
have a pretty hostile environment to life   There would be huge amounts of radiation massive 
temperature fluctuations and little or no air to   Breathe it's not that life would be impossible but 
having the surface of a planet basically directly   Exposed to space would be an environment totally 
different than anything on Earth and that's why   For a civilization to grow and Thrive they 
will need to make the night side their home   Scientists believe that they would build massive 
mirrors and have them levitate in the air to   Capture light and solar energy or they could 
build massive LED lights to illuminate the world   Observations from Earth so far tell us that 
the chances of Life on proximity or trappist-1   ER slim but not ridiculous there is hope now 
more than ever of finding signs of alien life   When it comes to life in the universe so far we 
only have one confirmed example of success Earth   The raw ingredients for life however are found 
on many planets this includes both the necessary   Building blocks for Life the raw elements and 
organic molecules and the necessary conditions  

For it too and hopefully we will soon find out 
more about the two planetary systems once our   Technological Marvel turns its eyes towards the 
star systems the James Webb Space Telescope will   Not only be able to capture the stars and their 
respective planets but also study the atmospheric   Composition of the rocky worlds to find telltale 
signs of life if there are any artificial lights   Webb will be able to detect them too and if 
Proxima b or any of the trappist-1 planets   Are truly habitable then Humanity has a planet 
nearby where we can settle or make our second home   To truly become a multi-planetary species 
discovery of Life on any of these alien   Worlds will change everything for humans for 
now we have to wait and watch but what do I know Orbit beyond the blue