Search for Extraterrestrial beings gets interesting
Scientists have been trying to find life on other planets for several decades now. The quest for extraterrestrial beings has got more interesting with the development of a method that is supposed to help detect them.
The newly developed tool is a methane detector which is the primary element found on earth. It is said that the presence of methane is an indication that there are chances of life in the area. Therefore, scientists are now aiming to detect traces of life by detecting the presence of methane molecules in other planets.
More than 90 percent of the methane found on earth is produced by the living organisms and hence finding traces of methane could be an indication that there is life on the planet. Researchers from University College London have partnered with the researchers in University of New South Wales in Sydney to develop a new spectrum for hot methane to be used in the project to search for methane molecules at temperatures prevailing above the earth.
The new detector can find methane at temperatures up to 1,500K/1220°C, which is the most powerful detecting capability developed so far.
Researchers are trying to analyze how the planets are absorbing starlight to determine the type of molecules present in them.
Prof. Jonathan Tennyson, co-author of the study said, “Current models of methane are incomplete” and so a proper estimation of methane levels is impossible.
“We anticipate our new model will have a big impact on the future study of planets and “cool” stars external to our solar system, potentially helping scientists identify signs of extraterrestrial life”, he added.
The study report briefed on how the researchers used advanced supercomputers to analyze about 10 billion spectroscopic lines to develop insights about the project.
‘We are thrilled to have used this technology to significantly advance beyond previous models available for researchers studying potential life on astronomical objects, and we are eager to see what our new spectrum helps them discover”, said Sergei Yurchenko, lead author of the study.