Habitable Planet

Habitable Planets May Not Be as Far Away as First Thought

(Read the article on one page)

New research has shown that earth-like planets may not be as far away as previously thought.  Prior research had indicated that  the ‘habitable zone’ where water is capable of existing, was around 300-600 light years away, but it is now believed that they may be as near as 13 light-years away.

The researchers based their calculations on planets already discovered by the U.S. Kepler telescope, and examined the question of which ‘red dwarf’ stars could have potentially habitable Earth-size planets in their orbits.

The telescope identified 95 planetary candidates orbiting red dwarf stars, which are the most commonly found stars in the Milky Way.  Out of this selection, many were rejected due to their size or temperature which would rule out their ability to support life.  However, three planets were identified which were both warm and approximately Earth-size.

The scientists have predicted that around 6% of the estimated 75 billion red dwarf stars should have an Earth-like planet and that the nearest one may only be just 13 light-years away.

The implication is that it may be much easier to find life beyond our solar system than previously thought. 

You can read more here.

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Ancient Technology

All images courtesy of Dr Rita Louise
The vajra is the most important ritual implement of Vajrayana Buddhism. In Sanskrit, the word vajra is defined as something hard or mighty, as in a diamond. It symbolizes an impenetrable, immovable and indestructible state of knowledge and enlightenment.

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article