Astronomers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington said on Wednesday that they have detected a new planet outside our solar system may have a temperature that is just right to support life. The planet orbits a red dwarf star called Gliese 581 and appears to be three times the mass of the Earth.
This discovery is the latest among hundreds of discoveries of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy. We should be reminded that there are thousands of stars and planets orbiting our galaxy alone. And there are hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe. So the possibility of life outside our small planet is hard to contest. One question that remains on life outside earth is whether they are too advanced or too primitive.
According to Vogt, a leading astronomer on the find, he believes that “the chances of life on this planet are almost 100 percent.” Astronomers and scientists support his theory basing on the ‘data’ collected on the research.
Before every information was available in the internet, governments and religious organizations tried to control the release of scientific researches particularly on the existence of life outside earth. The main reason for this information block is the fear that a little knowledge on extra terrestrial life might destroy the religion.