(Preface from Judith–this is a post that expanded as I wrote it, far beyond the initial observation that I, earthly Judith, had intended to share on Facebook! I hadn’t even dreamed of posting it here in the celestial team’s vibrational space…until I was joined by the celestial team, that it. There was a new collective among them who’s energies I have never transmitted before…the Lyrans. And so, this post became a lot more than it seemed. I share this “intro” to the news item below exactly as it evolved, as per the wishes of the celestial team (including NOW, the Lyrans), specifically for the followers of the celestial team’s website–specifically for YOU, in other words. ♥♥♥)
“This is one of the early steps, but there’s no mistake — we are on our way to explore
the galaxy, to learn about life in the galaxy,” he said.
Very interesting, isn’t it, this steady flow of tidbits about our galactic neighbors that Nasa has been releasing over the last few months? They’ve also been spaced several weeks apart from one another–so unless one is paying attention, the awareness that there is, indeed, a flow to them would “slip under the radar,” so to speak. And note the paradigm shift in this one! It has jumped from “exploring the possibility that we are not the ONLY life form in our galaxy,” to “LEARNING ABOUT LIFE IN THE GALAXY.” That’s a pretty big jump! Also note–and take a deep breathe as you do–where this latest “tidbit of disovery” is located: in the constellation of LYRA. Does that ring a bell to anybody…way deep down inside?
From the celestial team–Let the bells ring, Beloved! If the frequencies of LYRA are resonating within you NOW, sing along with them! Ah, Beloved. Your “world” is the cosmos, and your family is vast amd great indeed. Let the truth of that ring within YOU, for YOU are far MORE than you “thought” YOU were…and far, far less alone, as well. And how we ALL love YOU! Always and in All Ways. – the celestial team
DISCOVERED: Most Earth-Like Alien Planet Yet
By: Mike Wall Published: 04/18/2013 02:55 PM EDT on SPACE.com
NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered three exoplanets that may be capable of supporting life, and one of them is perhaps the most Earth-like alien world spotted to date, scientists announced today (April 18).
That most intriguing one is called Kepler-62f, a rocky world just 1.4 times bigger than Earth that circles a star smaller and dimmer than the sun. Kepler-62f’s newfound neighbor, Kepler-62e, is just 1.6 times larger than Earth, making the pair among the smallest exoplanets yet found in their star’s habitable zone — the just-right range of distances where liquid water can exist on a world’s surface.
Kepler-62e and f, which are part of a newly discovered five-planet system, “look very good as possibilities for looking for life,” said Kepler science principal investigator Bill Borucki, of NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. [9 Exoplanets That Could Host Alien Life] The third potentially habitable planet, called Kepler-69c, is 1.7 times bigger than Earth and orbits a star similar to our own. It’s the smallest world ever found in the habitable zone of a sunlike star, researchers said, and represents a big step toward discovering the first-ever “alien Earth.”
“We’re moving very rapidly toward finding an Earth analogue around a star like the sun,” Borucki told SPACE.com. Researchers announced these newfound planets — all three of which are “super-Earths,” or worlds slightly larger than our own — today at a NASA news conference. The Kepler-62 discovery paper, led by Borucki, was also published today in the journal Science.
The three potentially habitable worlds are part of a larger haul. All told, the scientists rolled out seven new exoplanets today — five in the Kepler-62 system and two in Kepler-69.The five newfound planets in the Kepler-62 system, which is located about 1,200 light-years away in the constellation Lyra, range from 0.54 to 1.95 times the size of Earth. Only Kepler-62e and f are potentially habitable; the other three zip around the star at close range, making them too hot to support life as we know it, researchers said.
Kepler-62e and f take 122 and 267 days, respectively, to complete one orbit around their star, which is just 20 percent as bright as the sun. While nobody knows what the two exoplanets look like, a separate modeling study suggests they’re both probably water worlds covered by endless, uninterrupted global oceans.
“There may be life there, but could it be technology-based like ours? Life on these worlds would be under water with no easy access to metals, to electricity, or fire for metallurgy,” lead author Lisa Kaltenegger, of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement.
“Nonetheless, these worlds will still be beautiful blue planets circling an orange star — and maybe life’s inventiveness to get to a technology stage will surprise us,” she added.
Not surprisingly, Kepler-62e should be warmer than its more distantly orbiting neighbor. In fact, Kepler-62f may require a greenhouse effect to keep its ocean from freezing over, researchers said.
“Kepler-62e probably has a very cloudy sky and is warm and humid all the way to the polar regions,” co-author Dimitar Sasselov of Harvard said in a statement. “Kepler-62f would be cooler, but still potentially life-friendly.” The new modeling study has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal.
Searching for Earth’s twin
The $600 million Kepler observatory launched in March 2009 to hunt for Earth-size exoplanets in the habitable zone of their parent stars. Kepler finds alien worlds by detecting the tiny brightness dips caused when they transit, or cross the face of, their stars from the instrument’s perspective.
Kepler has used this technique to great effect, spotting more than 2,700 potential planets since its March 2009 launch. While just 120 or so of these candidates have been confirmed to date, mission scientists estimate that more than 90 percent will end up being the real deal.
“I think we’re making excellent progress in that direction,” Borucki said. “We have a number of candidates that look good.” Such steady progress makes sense, since Kepler will of course spot more transits the longer it looks. The telescope needs to observe three transits to flag a planet candidate, so detecting a potentially habitable world in a relatively distant orbit can take several years.
Kepler cannot search for signs of life on worlds like Kepler-62e, Kepler-62f and Kepler-69c, but the telescope is paving the way for future missions that should do just that, Borucki said.
“This is one of the early steps, but there’s no mistake — we are on our way to explore the galaxy, to learn about life in the galaxy,” he said.
Connect the dots, Beloved, and enjoy discovering what your heart already knows!
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