(Planet Today) The National Aeronautics and Space Administration‘s (NASA) James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) may be able to provide evidence of aliens as early as 2026. This is according to Caprice Phillips of the Ohio State University, who found with her colleagues that Webb can detect signs of alien life in three days or so. Phillips said that after a few orbits, the telescope will have collected enough data to tell whether aliens exist.
(Article by Virgilio Marin republished from NaturalNews.com)
“What really surprised me about the results is that we may realistically find signs of life on other planets in the next five to 10 years,” Phillips remarked. She presented their findings during the American Physical Society April Meeting.
NASA telescope facilitates search for alien life
When searching for alien life, some of the most promising planets to explore are gas dwarfs. Also called mini-Neptunes, gas dwarfs are up to four times as big as Earth and have a rocky core, unlike gas giants such as Jupiter. They are less massive than Neptune but have the same hydrogen- and helium-rich atmosphere, which have the potential to support life.
Astronomers look for biosignatures – chemical footprints that point to the presence of organisms – when hunting for aliens. But performing such searches on gas dwarfs are not easy since these worlds do not exist in our solar system. Scientists have to observe exoplanets, or worlds that orbit a star other than the sun. Unfortunately, exoplanets are too far away and existing observatories are not powerful enough to make precise observations.
But NASA’s newest telescope may just do the job. Deemed as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, the agency’s longtime eyepiece into the cosmos, Webb is the largest, most powerful space observatory ever built. It can peer farther back into time than Hubble is capable of doing, thanks to its much larger mirror.
For their study, Phillips and her team simulated Webb observations to examine how well the telescope detects ammonia, a potential biosignature, on seven potentially habitable gas dwarfs. The researchers incorporated various cloud conditions into planetary models to quantify how significant Webb’s detection is.
The simulation showed that Webb could detect ammonia in as little as 60 hours. After about ten orbits around the sun, the observatory would have collected enough data to determine whether aliens live on a gas dwarf.
“Humankind has contemplated the questions, ‘Are we alone? What is life? Is life elsewhere similar to us?”’ Phillips remarked. “My research suggests that for the first time, we have the scientific knowledge and technological capabilities to realistically begin to find the answers to these questions.”
A primer on James Webb Space Telescope
Webb will be launched into space in October 31, 2021. It will orbit the sun around a million miles from Earth, but will take as long as the planet to complete an orbit.
“What is special about this orbit is that it lets the telescope stay in line with the Earth as it moves around the sun,” NASA said. “This allows the satellite’s large sunshield to protect the telescope from the light and heat of the sun and Earth.”
The observatory will be mainly used for studying the history of the universe, beginning from the Big Bang to the formation of star systems that are capable of supporting life. Scientists also plan to avail of Webb to study a host of other things, including dark matter.
Richard Massey, a professor of cosmology at Durham University in the U.K., is part of a team that is working to understand what dark matter is.
“Dark matter is invisible. But in this same patch of sky, we used the Hubble Space Telescope to make the first 3D map of dark matter, by noticing how it affects all the visible things around it. Now, the JWST will zoom in on individual clumps of dark matter with unprecedented resolution.”
Cosmic.news has more about the search for alien life.
Former US Air Force fighter pilot: UFOs use Star Trek-style warp drive
A former US Air Force fighter pilot asserts that he has deciphered
the method behind the extraordinary maneuvers of UFOs, reports dailystar.co.uk.
the past two decades, numerous military encounters with these enigmatic
crafts have been reported, prompting a significant investigation by the
One of the most renowned sightings occurred during the
USS Nimitz encounter, where fighter pilots witnessed a UFO descending
from 28,000 feet to just above sea level in less than a second.
astonishing movement would imply that the craft reached a staggering
speed of 19,000 miles per hour, a velocity that would be fatal to any
to Chris Lehto, a former USAF pilot, the craft exhibits two key
characteristics: it moves without inertia, essentially lacking weight,
and it accelerates at an incredibly rapid pace without affecting its
believes that the explanation lies within a technology that seems
straight out of science fiction. He proposes that the answer to the UFO
enigma lies in the Alcubierre Drive, a theoretical interstellar engine
conceptualized by Mexican physicist Miguel Alcubierre in 1994.
Alcubierre Drive employs a form of “space warp” technology, reminiscent
of what has been depicted in episodes of Star Trek. By bending space, a
craft inside a “warp bubble” could potentially travel at or even
surpass the speed of light without violating the known laws of physics.
the Alcubierre Drive remains a hypothetical concept with challenges to
overcome, Chris notes that the required energy is no longer believed to
be unattainably large.
filed with the US patent office outline the potential workings of the
drive, as well as another groundbreaking technology theorized by
American aerospace engineer Salvatore Pais.
Pais suggests that
high-powered rotating magnets could theoretically eliminate an object’s
inertia, and he has filed a patent for a starship based on this
However, Chris maintains skepticism regarding Pais’
theory. He explains that while Pais’s patent applications for the US
Navy attracted attention for their potential energy-related
applications, doubts have been raised about their feasibility. There is
speculation that they may be scams, pseudoscience, or disinformation
intended to mislead adversaries of the United States.
rival theories propose that the “Tic Tac” UFO is a classified Pentagon
project testing similar advanced technologies discussed by Chris.
A Mysterious Earth-Like Planet Has Just Appeared in Our Solar System, Scientists Say
Scientists say they have found evidence of a new Earth-like
planet that has suddenly appeared in our Solar System and is orbiting
Physicists, including those from the National Astronomical Observatory
of Japan, said the planet is likely to be the mysterious ‘Planet Nine’
that was hypothesised to exist in the far outer edges of the Solar
Several studies in the past have suggested there is likely an
undiscovered planet beyond the Kuiper Belt – a stellar disk of materials
such as asteroids, space rocks, comets around the Sun in the outer
Solar System past the orbit of Neptune.
Independent.co.uk reports: In the new research, published recently in The Astronomical Journal, scientists
found that some of the objects in the Kuiper Belt behave in a way
indicative of the presence of a small planet among them.
One such object, they said, is about 500 astronomical units (AU) from
the Sun, where 1 AU is the distance between the Sun and the Earth.
In comparison Neptune is at a distance of 30 AUs from the Sun.
Some of these were also found to have “odd” orbits suggesting they
are being pull by the gravity of a cosmic entity larger than those that
typically influence such objects.
Computer simulations run by the scientists indicate that the most
likely explanation for the observations was another hidden planet in the
“We predict the existence of an Earth-like planet,” researchers wrote in the study.
“It is plausible that a primordial planetary body could survive in
the distant Kuiper Belt as a Kuiper Belt planet (KBP), as many such
bodies existed in the early solar system,” they added.
If such a planet exists, researchers say it would have a mass about
1.5 to 3 times that of Earth with an inclination of about 30 degrees.
They say the theorised planet’s orbit would likely place it between 250 and 500 AU from the Sun.
Researchers say the discovery of such a planet close to the Kuiper
Belt can unravel new constraints on planet formation and evolution.
“In conclusion, the results of the KBP scenario support the existence
of a yet-undiscovered planet in the far outer solar system,” scientists
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