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Multi Coloured UFOs In Formation Over Austria
Austrian officials say they are baffled to explain a UFO sighting in which dozens of people reported seeing between 50 and 100 objects flying in formation. The incident happened over the Aichfeld basin near the city of Knittelfeld in the southern Austrian state of Styria where eyewitness Juergen Trieb, 41, and his girlfriend Waltraud Kaliba, 40, managed to take this snap before the high speed objects vanished.
Waltraud said: “At first we thought it might be some kind of natural phenomenon, but when we realise they were flying in formation and travelling around 400 mph it was clear that it could not be dismissed as something natural. The strange thing was that despite the bright lights there was no noise at all from the objects.”
Kepler 186f and the Search for Earth 2.0
by Andy Fleming
What’s really interesting is that the planet is within the habitable zone of Kepler-186, an M1 type dwarf star in the constellation Cygnus, about five hundred light years away from Earth.
This star has at least five planets, four of which are very hot and close to their sun while the fifth, named Kepler-186f, is in the centre of the star’s habitable zone. It was discovered by the transit method, which detects planets as their orbits cross in front of their star. This causes a very tiny but periodic dimming of the star’s brightness.
After confirmation, the astronomers used the transit information to calculate Kepler-186f’s size. It is approximately 1.1 times the radius of the Earth and orbits its star once every 130 days. The astronomers estimate that the planet receives about 30 per cent of the heat energy that the Earth does from our Sun.
From an astrobiological perspective, the planet is exciting because liquid water could exist on its surface, a pre-condition for life as it evolved here on Earth. The planet is probably a rocky world, its gravity will also be similar to ours, and its parent star is an immensely long-lived red dwarf. This means that it will burn hydrogen virtually forever, so there will be ample opportunity for life to develop.
However, although Kepler-186f shows much promise as an Earth analogue, its situation is subtly different, as its star is not the same as our Sun. Although red dwarfs are numerous, they are smaller and cooler than G2 type stars such as ours. They are also more active, sending out more solar flares and radiation.
Scientists now know that life is most tenacious, and once it gets going is difficult to extinguish. Red dwarfs show much promise when searching for Earth 2.0, and the possibility of extra-terrestrial life.
Our Guest, Stan Gordon
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