Jan 1 2014, 9:55am CST | by Sumayah Aamir
Planets midway between the size of our home, Earth and Neptune, are ideal for supporting life (if it exists in outer space). This has been proved by transmission spectroscopy. The planet GJ1214b is a classic example because of its earth-like features. While it is much hotter than earth, it possesses a canopy of thick clouds in its atmosphere.
The exo-planet is a prime candidate for heavenly bodies that could possibly support life similar to the carbon-based kind found on earth. The mystery surrounding the exact composition of GJ1214b has almost been solved. Especially, observation from the Hubble Telescope has helped a lot in the discovery of conditions favorable to life on the planet.
The nature of the gases present on the planet that is 40 light years away has been determined with some degree of certainty. While the exact makeup of the clouds is not known, it is a conjecture at present that they could contain potassium chloride or zinc chloride.
The clouds are radically different from the kind found oon spaceship earth. It is a hot and steamy world and though it may support some sort of life form, thanks to its watery nature, the question remains without a sure answer. Only time will tell whether we are alone in the universe or not.
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