Scientists created a new device for finding life outside the solar system
(ORDO NEWS) — A popular article has been published in the popular scientific journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. It tells us that scientists from Cornell University have created a new device – a climate decoder – to search for life outside the solar system.
To begin with, it is worth noting that right now, scientists involved in the search for extraterrestrial life, determine whether the climate on exoplanets is suitable for life in the terrestrial understanding of it, actually by hand.
This process takes a lot of time, which in turn prevents specialists from analyzing a huge amount of data. In order to automate this process, engineers created a climate decoder. It is based on a combination of color details of the planet’s surface and light from the host star to calculate the climate on it.
”Depending on the type of star and the primary color of the exoplanet – or reflecting albedo – the color of the planet can soften some of the energy released by the star. This allows us to determine whether there are clouds in the atmosphere and how its surface is structured, and ultimately determine its climate,” said lead author of the study, Jack Madden.
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