Alien life could exist on a giant Super-Earth far from home

E.T. could be out there, scientists said in a development. He just might live on a planet 30 trillion miles from Earth.

A newspaper published at Villanova University telling that the planet that orbits Barnard’s Star could have the potential for extraterrestrial life if water exists on the planet. Due to the possibility of geothermal heating, which could create an ocean for primitive life.

The temperature on Barnard is similar to Jupiter’s moon, Europa, roughly 238 degrees below zero, but given the presence of oceans on the Jupiter satellite, the astrophysicists are holding hope for the newly discovered planet may also harbor oceans.

“We note that the surface temperature on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa is similar to Barnard b but, because of tidal heating, Europa probably has liquid oceans under its icy surface,” Guinan added in the statement.

For comparison purposes, rubber freezes below -98 °F / -72 °C and human blood freezes between -2°C and -3°C.

Guinan, who worked on the paper alongside Scott Engle, presented the findings at the American Astronomy Society (AAS) in Seattle on Thursday.


Though Barnard b was only discovered the Barnard’s Star has been on the radar of the astrophysicists for sometime, Guinan added. “In 2003 it became a founding star member of the Villanova ‘Living with a Red Dwarf’ program that has been sponsored by the National Science Foundation/National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA).”

Barnard’s Star is the second closest red dwarf star to our solar system, at 30 trillion miles from Earth. The team of researchers who discovered the planet in November combined 20 years worth of data from seven separate instruments to make their conclusion

Some have speculated that Barnard b is unlikely to be a host to life given the distance from its star and that it may not possess an atmosphere, but Guinan and Engle are not giving up hope.

Ragnar Larsen