While it’s probably time to give up hope of finding an Extra-Terrestrial hiding in your tool shed, we may be closer than ever before to finding life on other planets.
In fact, scientists have discovered a trio of new planets, similar to our own, in our “galactic backyard” – that is, within 40 light years.
The planets were detected orbiting an ultracool dwarf star and are thought to be comparable in size and temperature to Earth and Venus, according to Nature.
We know what you’re thinking, that sounds pretty ultra cool, but what on Earth does it all mean?
Well, here’s renowned astrophysicist Karl Stefanovic to explain (post continues after video):
According to actual astrophysicist Michael Gillon from Belgium’s University of Liege, it could be “the first opportunity to find chemical traces of life outside our solar system.”
All three planets have the “winning combination” of size, could be “potentially habitable” and are close enough for us to analyse their atmospheres, he told AFP.
He said it opened up a “hunting ground” for habitable planets.
So, with three new planets in our relative midst and potentially more on the way, we thought we’d better start coming up with some names.
Here’s some of what we’ve got so far:
1. Planety McPlanetface
2. Becky With the Good Air.
3. Captain Planet
4. [Sunglasses wearing emoji]
5. Bruno Mars
6. Veronica Mars
7. Space Ventura
Whaddaya reckon? Got any better ideas?
Feature image: Edited from Twitter (@Nasa)