The search for planets that could support intelligent life reached a frenzy recently when NASA announced that it has located seven new planets that exist in a habitable zone – i.e. the right distance from a star to support life. Although they are light years away, these planets could potentially be the home of living things — even intelligent life. This got us thinking about just how many planets there could be out there in the vastness of space that could support life? Most scientists and astronomers agree that the chances of humans being the only intelligent life in the uiverse is so slim it is not really worth considering any longer. Conventional wisdom states that there is life out there somewhere; we just have to locate it — which is like finding a needle in a haystack, but a million times harder. Here is a list of 10 faraway planets that scientists think could have life on them.
10. Gliese 163c
Astronomers are divided over planet Gliese 163c, which is so large that its sheer mass puts the planet in the so called “gray zone” in terms of supporting life. Gliese 163c is roughly seven times the mass of Earth, which could make it either a very large rocky planet or a dwarf gas giant. Astronomers aren’t sure at this point. Gliese 163c whirls around its dim parent star every 26 days, at a distance of 50 light years away from Earth. Its parent star is in the constellation Dorado. Time and further study will tell us if Gliese 163c is capable of supporting life or not. But one thing is known at this point, Gliese 163c is one of the largest planets with the potential to support life that has been discovered to date. Scientists have been blown away by this planet’s scope and mass. It’s huge!