It seems obvious to me, that it is only a matter of time before someone discovers a outside of our Solar System that is not only habitable, but real-time close and accessible, and we detect signs of life. We this announcement from NASA gives us 2 of these 3.
As it turns out, there is a planet that is 6 times larger than Earth orbiting the star Gj 357. This star is a drarf star considerably smaller than our Sun. It only take this newly discovered planet 55.7 days to circle it’s host sun.
NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS (a powerful orbiting telescope that scouts the sky) made the discovery, and it is just getting started. It went online just this past July!
So when will we get to a discovery that meets all 3 of the characteristics mentioned above? Well, this could take some time. However, there are telescopes that will soon be online, both on the ground and in space that will help us get to such a discovery. I think sooner rather than later.
Here is an article from Fast Company Magazine that reports on this discovery. https://www.fastcompany.com/90384802/nasa-discovers-super-earth-gj-357-d-which-may-support-life?partner=rss&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=rss+fastcompany&utm_content=rss
My book, “Future Fantastic” is scheduled for release on September 15th, 2019. It has chapters in it discussing the colonization of Mars and our Solar System. These Exo-Planets would be the next step for Humanity.
Please take a look at an early section of the book at http://www.FutureFantastic.net
The Future is Bright!