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Rare Star Line-Up in 2028 a Chance to Search for Alien Life?

Oct 27, 2016 04:37 AM EDT
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A rare gravitational lensing in 2028 may be the best opportunity for mankind to search for alien life.
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Astronomers predict that a rare star line-up will occur in 2028 and that it will be the best chance for humans to find alien life.

The event is called 'gravitational lensing' and it is predicted to occur in 2028 where Alpha Centauri A and B will line-up with another giant red star. The lensing event will cause a circle of light; this will pave the way for humans to get a glimpse of potential alien presence from nearby planets from other star systems.

The year would be something to look forward to, not just for astronomers and scientists but also for alien hunters as well as the lensing event might be the best opportunity to search for life or even just signs of life on other planets.

The European Space Observatory (ESO) predicted that the rare 'gravitational lensing event' would make Earth-like planets orbiting other stars visible as they go about the usual process in their own remote star systems.

The announcement was made after ESO also revealed that scientists have discovered evidence that a potentially habitable planet orbits Proxima Centauri in Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to Earth. Many argue that since Proxima B is located in the "Goldilocks Zone" there may be alien life thriving on the exoplanet.

ESO also predicted the trajectory of the lensing event where Alpha Centauri A and B will align with the S5 star. Astronomers presented the trajectory computation by using the archival data of the stars' movement for the next 34 years. Some say this technique also allowed astronomers to predict movements until 2050.

During the lensing event, the light from a distant object will appear bent by another star due to its gravitational field. This will create a window to looks at other planets in the nearby star systems like Alpha Centauri.

Albert Einstein also predicted this event in his General Theory of Relativity. Thus the phenomenon called 'Einstein Ring' where researchers and astronomers can look for the circle of light that envelops and curves around every side of the object nearest to it.

"This would provide a unique opportunity to look for planetary or low-mass objects in our nearest star system," an ESO official said in a statement. This would also be a great opportunity to take a closer look at the potentially habitable planet Proxima B and to look for other exoplanets like it.


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