In new research, all the researchers who are present at the University of Southern Queensland have identified about 100 giant planets which could have its moon, and they are capable of supporting life. Their work will be guiding the design of the future telescopes which can detect the potential moons and it can look for the signs of life which are known as biosignatures in the atmospheres.
In 2009, NASA’s Kepler telescope launched and till now it had helped scientist to identify thousands of planets which are present outside our solar system and are called ad exoplanets. The primary goal of the Kepler mission is to identify the planets which are present in the habitable zones of the stars, and it means that they are neither hot nor cold for liquid water and life can exist.
According to the Stephen Kane, who is the associate professor of the planetary astrophysics and also a member of the UCR’s Alternative Earths Astrobiology Center said that there are about 175 known moons which orbit around the eight planets and most of these moons orbit Saturn and Jupiter which are present outside the Sun’s habitable zone. It also includes rocky exomoons which may have life in space and will greatly expand the places we can look.
As per some scientists, exomoons might provide the favourable environment for life and it can even better than Earth. They have received energy which is not only from their star and also from radiation reflected from their planet.
The title of the paper is “ Exploring Kepler Giant Planets in the Habitable Zone” and the lead author of the study Kane along with other contributors who are Eduardo SeperueloDuarate, Ravi K. Kopparapu, Dawn M. Gelino and Robert A. Wittenmyer.