Alien Life Might Exist Around Clustered Stars

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According to new research, places in the solar systems where stars have been pushed together might hide alien life. Early in the past, the movement of the planets did not really encourage the formation of life because they would collide together and cluster, events which were too violent to let that happen.

Researchers were keen on finding planets that are similar to ours because they thought they would also find potential alien life around stars that are similar to each other. However, such similarities do not exist in our galaxy. But based on a new study from the University of Sheffield, this period might have also had its advantages. For example, the chance of those planets to raise their temperature could improve until they become habitable with liquid water so alien life could flourish.

Alien life can become possible because when three stars are pushed together, the habitable zone expands which is known as the Goldilocks zone. The conditions this zone offers are great for life.

Clustered stars increase the chances for alien life to form on the orbiting planets

These binary pairs are thought to make one-third of the star systems in our galaxy. In such systems, the Goldilocks zone can be set by the radiation an individual star emits. The size and temperature change depending on the distance between them, according to researchers Bethany Wootton and Richard Parker.

This whole event can be understood if researchers use computer simulations to do so. In a typical “stellar nursery” there should be like 20 out of 250 binaries squeezed together in such a way that alien life can flourish in the Goldilocks zone.

“Our model suggests that there are more binary systems where planets sit in Goldilocks zones than we thought, increasing the prospects for life,” says Wootton. “So those worlds beloved of science fiction writers – where two suns shine in their skies above alien life – look a lot more likely now.”


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