NASA astronomers have found 219 new planets just beyond our solar system, and ten of them could very well support life.
The researchers found the planet candidates in the final batch of NASA's Kepler Space Telescope observations of 200,000 sample stars in the constellation called Cygnus.
The ten newly discovered Earth-like planets are sufficiently distanced from their stars (like our sun) for water to be able to exist on them, which scientists believe is the key to forming life.
Kepler scientist, Mario Perez said, "An important question for us is, 'Are we alone?' Maybe Kepler today is telling us indirectly that we are not alone."
The Kepler telescope was launched in 2009 in the hopes to find more Earth-like planets, and it looks like it may have succeeded.
Telescope surveys like this one have, to date, found the existence of nearly 3,500 planets.
We can all help to make a difference in the world around us.
A few simple changes to our life can have a big impact.
Why not start today!
1. Have a Meatless Monday
2. Switch to online bank statements
3. Invest in a reusable water bottle
4. Avoid products made from or aiding the destruction of endangered animals
5. Turn off the tap when shampooing and brushing teeth
6. Buy local produce as much as possible
7. Take public transport
8. Wash clothes at 40°C or lower
9. Turn off all switches at night and all lights when not required
10. Recycle – packaging, clothes, bottles, technology, everything you can!
If you think we have it bad here in Ireland, but wait until you read the temperatures that some people live in. Could you do it?
1. Ommyakon, Russia
There are 472 tough residents in this town. A temperature of -71.2°C was once recorded here.
2. Snag, Yukon, Canada
This town has the lowest ever recorded temperature in North America with a reading of -63°C.
3. Barrow, Alaska
This town is only reachable by sea or air. The sun sets sometime in late November and doesn’t rise again till late January. The average temperature for February is -25.7°C.
4. Verkhoyansk, Russia
There are a mere 1,434 inhabitants in this town with a recorded temperature of -69.8°C.
5. Dome Fuji ridge, East Antarctic Plateau
This place has the lowest ever recorded temperature on earth at a terrifyingly cold -93.2°C.
These places have some of the highest recorded temperatures ever recorded on earth – even the most avid sun-soaker wouldn’t risk tanning in these areas!
1.Death Valley, California
Located in the Mojave Desert, Death Valley is currently considered the hottest place in the world with records that reached 56.7 °C . It is both the lowest and driest area on earth. Strangely, though it is the hottest place on earth during the day, at night temperatures fall below freezing.
2. Dallol, Ethiopia
Once a mining town, this is now considered one of the most remote places on earth with an average annual temperature of 35°C.
3. Timbuktu, Mali
With a highest recorded temperature of 48°C, this area is located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert and is considered one of the hottest places on earth.
4. ‘Aziziya, Libya
Until 2012, this area had the highest recorded temperature on earth at 57.8 °C, recorded in 1922. However, due to controversies and issues regarding that reading it was withdrawn as of 2012.
5. Dasht-e Lut, Iran
This area has the hottest land surface temperature which can climb to 70.7 °C though the air temperature is less than this.