The Unique Way Scientists are Using The Moon in Their Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Most scientists believe that there’s only a matter of time until humanity will encounter any life forms from other planets, whether we’re talking about unevolved life or complex organisms similar to those that we’ve all seen in sci-fi movies. But one huge hindrance for believing so is the apparently reasonable question: ‘if aliens exist, why aren’t they here yet?’.

But the puzzle may be solved in the near future, as astronomers use a new gimmick for finding habitable planets. These planets are cosmic objects where liquid water could form, which is a crucial component for all life as we know it.

Capturing light that reflects off the Moon

The Hubble Space Telescope was moved into action for capturing light that reflects off our natural satellite after it traveled through our planet’s atmosphere. Scientists from NASA and ESA believe that by studying the reflection of the atmosphere, they could search for the same chemical composition in exoplanets – UV-blocking atmospheres rich in oxygen. This shall obviously indicate high chances for alien life to exist on those cosmic objects.

A whole astronomical world still waits for the Hubble Space Telescope to be replaced with the James Webb Space Telescope. Unfortunately or not, the upcoming telescope seems to take forever until it gets appointed. Initially scheduled to be launched plenty of years ago, it’s now expected to be lifted above the Earth’s atmosphere in October 2021.

The link between hypothetical aliens and the Moon is much older than most people know. Conspiracy theories regarding the Apollo missions from about half a century ago claim that humanity has already encountered hostile alien life forms dwelling on our natural satellite. This wild idea would explain why humans never went back to the Moon since 1972. Of course, this is just speculation whatsoever.

The new study was led by Allison Youngblood and published in The Astronomical Journal.

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With a strong passion for astronomy since he was little and hundreds of articles written about this field, Cristian is a reliable writer who keeps the website up-to-date with news about the wonders of the Universe.

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