The 100 moons recently spotted by the astronomers appears that they might have habitable planets. These hundred moons are present outside of our solar system.
According to the researchers, each of those hundred planets is about three times the width of Earth. The scientists made the use of Kepler telescope data in their research. With the help of this data, the scientists identified about one hundred and twenty-one planets. According to these scientists, these planets orbit around the stars within their habitable zones.
The research was a joint contribution from the scholars of the University of California and University of Southern Queensland. Stephen Kane says, “There are currently 175 known moons orbiting the eight planets in our solar system. While most of these moons orbit Saturn and Jupiter, which are outside the sun’s habitable zone, that may not be the case in other solar systems. Including rocky exomoons in our search for life in space will greatly expand the places we can look.” Stephen Kane is an associate professor for planetary astrophysics. He is also a member of Alternative Earth’s Astrobiology Center of the University of California, Riverside.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration launched the Kepler telescope in the year 2009. At that time the Kepler telescope succeeded in the identification of about thousands of planets beyond the reach of our solar system.
The exciting part of this research is that the scientists believe that such exoplanets possess more calibre than our Earth regarding supporting life. These exoplanets receive energy from the host star. It also derives its power from the radiation reflected from the planets. The final confirmation about the presence of exoplanets still is yet to come out from the scientific fraternity. The current research work might lower the search to about one hundred and twenty-one giant planets with such habitable moons.