At least 24 planets are probably more suited to life than ours, the researchers said.
These “superhabitable” exoplanets have been identified in a Washington State University study which indicates that these planets are likely either slightly warmer, slightly wetter, or orbiting stars that have a longer lifespan. than our own sun.
“With the next coming space telescopes, we will get more information, so it is important to select certain targets,” said researcher Dirk Schulze-Makuch. “We need to focus on some planets which have the most promising conditions for complex life.”
“However, we have to be careful not to get stuck in the search for a second Earth, as there might be planets that might be more suited to life than ours.
The researchers also suggested that planets that are about 10% larger than Earth would provide more habitable land.
But perhaps their most interesting claim is that an exoplanet hotter than Earth by about eight degrees Fahrenheit is more conducive to life, which, on the face of it, contradicts the ‘global warming’ alarmism.
It’s been since when we consider that much of Earth’s history consisted of ice ages in which much of the now habitable land was covered by glaciers.
“This warmth and humidity preference is seen on Earth with greater biodiversity in tropical rainforests than in cooler, drier areas,” WSU said in a press release.
Although all of the identified planets are more than 100 light years from Earth, this suggests that there are other planets in the galaxy that are suitable for human life.
“It is sometimes difficult to convey this principle of superhabitable planets because we believe that we have the best planet,” added Schulze-Makuch. “We have a large number of complex and diverse life forms, and many of them can survive in extreme environments. It’s good to have an adaptable life, but that doesn’t mean we have the best of everything. “
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