Researchers at NASA have found a new way of finding oxygen on distant planets that could help them discover alien life. The technique by NASA scientists could be used by Nasa’s James Webb Space Telescope to detect oxygen on planets in distant solar systems.
That, in turn, could help discover planets that are alive &, therefore, could be home to extraterrestrial life. One of the possible indicators of life on other planets is oxygen in its atmosphere.
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Now NASA researchers hope that the new technique could allow them to spot the same signal coming from other planets, and in so doing, perhaps detect planets that might be home to alien life.
The breakthrough research would now allow NASA’s telescope to detect one of the signals that come from oxygen molecules when the oxygen molecules collide with each other. As they do, they block out a specific part of the infrared spectrum, and the new telescope will be able to see that and give scientists a clue to the distant worlds’ atmosphere.
Technology like the James Webb Space Telescope is the best hope for examining such distant planets since they are too far away ever to visit or even to see in much detail. Still, it requires incredibly advanced technology because of the weakness of the signals.
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Thomas Fauchez, from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and lead author of the study, said the before the work, oxygen at similar levels as on Earth was thought to be undetectable with Webb. He added that this oxygen signal detection method is known since the 1980s from the earth’s atmospheric studies, but the technique has never been used for exoplanet research.
Spotting oxygen on an exoplanet might not be a guarantee that something lives there. Researchers have proposed alternative explanations that could create oxygen on exoplanets, and so it might not be a definitive indication that the world is alive.
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