Kepler Planets - 5 times more prevalent

Expanding the envelope for potentially habitable planets.

'In The Little Prince, the classic novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the titular prince lives on a house-sized asteroid so small that he can watch the sunset any time of day by moving his chair a few steps.

'Of course, in real life, celestial objects that small can't support life because they don't have enough gravity to maintain an atmosphere. But how small is too small for habitability? In a recent paper, Harvard University researchers described a new, lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid waterfor long periods of time, extending the so-called habitable zone or "Goldilocks zone" for small, low-gravity planets. This research expands the search area for life in the universe and sheds light on the important process of atmospheric evolution on small planets.

'The research was published in the Astrophysical Journal.'


 
Ours could be one of millions of advanced civillisations out there, and we'd never know of each others' existence.
Doubt it.
The rest of the universe has taken a good look at Humans and the earth and have decided to avoid us.
We are the intergalactic version of a big feck off wasps nest that no one wants to disturb in case it unleashes us.
We are the universe's pikeys basically.
 
Doubt it.
The rest of the universe has taken a good look at Humans and the earth and have decided to avoid us.
We are the intergalactic version of a big feck off wasps nest that no one wants to disturb in case it unleashes us.
We are the universe's pikeys basically.
There probably is an extraterrestrial species of Pikeys out there.
 
There probably is an extraterrestrial species of Pikeys out there.
But, can you imagine the Human race completely unified ,fighting as a Species against another enemy.

The rest of the civilized universe has probably deemed us as an unacceptable risk, or we are there , like Nuclear weapons, a threat in the background to other uppity races.
Behave yourselves or we'll set the Humans loose on you.
 
I'm in no doubt that there is intelligent life out there that is way more advanced than we are. I think it's only a matter of time before we find out.
 
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