This scorching hot nightmare planet just opened up avenues for finding alien life

The 10th conceptual objective is being able to describe the nature our Solar System and how it was initially formed. An article, on called “This scorching hot nightmare planet just opened up avenues for finding alien life” perfectly correlates with our 10th conceptual objective. To begin, the article talks about an exoplanet called GJ 1132b that this exoplanet will never be able to contain life. Next, the article tells us that the planet is basically a giant Earth that has an upper atmosphere that reaches up to temperatures of 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, the planet is super close to its star which it only takes 1.6 Earth days to complete a year. Furthermore, the article tells us that there is almost no chance of life being able to survive on this planet. But the article tells us it maybe able to lead to life. In which, it discusses because this planet has a massive atmosphere. The article then discusses that the planet orbits an M-dwarf star that produces violent flair events.  Next, the articles tells us that M-dwarfs always most likely have planets and that many of these stars are actually in the habitable zone. Also, it says that the early flare events from the M-Dwarf stars may get rid of these atmosphere’s and create liquid pools of water and an Earth like atmosphere. Then the article talks about the planet does have an atmosphere and there’s research suggesting that the atmosphere has a ton of water vapor, methane, and a huge similarity of thickness like Venus. To conclude, the article tells us that the M-Dwarf stars could maintain atmospheres even after their most active years. In which, it could leave planets in the habitable zone eligibility to produce and carry life.

This article correlates with our 10th conceptual objective because its similar on how our solar system was formed and how the exoplanet GJ 1132b were both created. During, our lectures were taught that our solar system was created by a bunch of gases that collided with dust because gravity was pulling on them together to become closer forming a solar nebula. Then the disks were getting thinner particles were getting smaller and clumps were beginning to form. The collection of these clumps began to form different types of planets and moons. This is very much on how these atmospheres and solar systems were formed. In which, is how this solar system might be able to produce life. Since, GJ1132b is like a super Earth. The article suggests that researches have found an abundance of methane, water vapor, and a huge similarity to the thickness of Venus. In which, could help produce life just like our solar system is able to produce life. With an abundance of Methane which is a natural gas, and water vapor, and a thickness of Venus. Its very likely this solar system would be able to maintain life. One, thing that caught my eye was that this planet exceeds to a 500 degree Fahrenheit in which, it could not become a Jovian gas planet because the temperatures exceeds to a point above where Jovian planets could form. This was learned from our lectured-tutorial “Temperate and Formation of Our Solar System.”

I personally learned a ton of information on how our solar system was formed from the article and class discussions. In our class, discussions we went into detail on how these solar systems were made from huge clumps of gas and dust coming together forming disks and creating Solar Nebula. In which, pulled things together forming planets and moons. From this concept, I was able to apply to a new discovery of this new solar system discovery and planet. Especially, with the possibility of life being able to live in the solar systems atmosphere. Overall, it led toward a clear understanding of this conceptual objective on how solar systems are formed.


Jacob Ybarra.


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