I promise that this will be the last blog post I will ever make about planets, but I am having way too much fun researching and discussing these damn things. It’s so fun to talk about planets for me. I really loved science fiction as a teenager and an adult, and I am surprised that I haven’t gotten into planet watching sooner. Truthfully, I was never good at science, so it is truly interesting to me that I have been able to retain and discuss this information without being completely lost in the meanings or descriptions. Anyway, I hope you enjoy today’s post because some of this is cool!
I am sure many of you have heard of Habitable Zones, so I won’t be going into the expansive and comprehensive meaning of what they are. I will say however, that a Gas Giant has been found in one of these zones, and the planet has been named Gliese 876 b. Again, for laziness sake I will be calling it planet b. In summary, a habitable zone is what you would call the spherical shell surrounding a star that allows the planet itself to be optimal for water to exist. Yes, that is right, a planet that may have water within its planet and in turn, may be hospitable for humans. Now, this gas giant resides within its suns habitable zone.
Granted, we can’t live on a Gas Giant. It is just impossible. It’s made of gas! But really, that means very little. We don’t discover planets just for the sake of us being able to live on them. What this really means, is that there could be an atmosphere that can create water on this Gas Giant. That means that not only could the planet itself orbit moons that can grow some form of extra-terrestrial life forms that can eventually become intelligent, but that they Gas Giant itself may be able to create life. Think about that. This is the only planet in the known universe that is a Gas Giant that could create life. Now, I don’t mean to scare anyone here, but this really does just scream the monsters from the Cloverfield films because I can’t imagine life on a Gas Giant being an herbivore.
This next Gas Giant is going to be just as interesting as the planet that could create our future slave masters. There was a gas giant that had been found which is currently in orbit of a white dwarf star. This planet is called V391 Pegasi b. This may not sound interesting at first, but then you consider what a white dwarf star is. Before it was a white dwarf, it was a red giant. This means that at some point it was dying and was the hottest is could ever be. This would be so hot that it was first believed it would basically evaporate our planet, and surrounding planets. This gas giant is known as the survivor, because at one point it may have skimmed or orbited the dying star. That means it survived the destruction phase. This was believed impossible for a long time and has even started a theory that our planet and the surrounding planets of the solar system may not even be destroyed if the sun dies, which has always been believed.