Planets Orbiting Burnt-Out Stars May Be Ideal Targets in the Search for Alien Life | UAP

Researchers studying planets orbiting burnt-out stars say they may be promising targets for astrobiologists searching for signs of alien life.

The atmospheres of planets orbiting these stars, known as white dwarfs, would be much easier to characterize than those of planets orbiting brighter stars due to the limited amount of radiated light they emit. While such planets would have to survive the violent phases that accompany the star’s death, researchers involved with the new research believe that some may indeed “thread the celestial needle” needed to keep their water and protect anything living on them.

If true, this could potentially offer Earth’s telescopes an unprecedented opportunity to scour their atmospheres for signs of life.

“White dwarfs are so small and so featureless that if a terrestrial planet transited in front of them, you could actually do a much better job of characterizing its atmosphere,” explained University of Wisconsin–Madison astronomy professor Juliette Becker, the lead author of the study outlining the team’s research. “The planet’s atmosphere would have a much larger, clearer signal because a larger fraction of the light you’re seeing is passing through exactly what you want to study.”

Burnt-Out Stars Go Through a Particularly Violent Transition Before Death

The team’s study, which is currently…

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