By Maryam Abkar, B.S., August 20, 2018
Many die hard sci-fi readers and amatur astronomers know about the infamous concept of the Goldilock Zone, the distance in which a plant could possibly be habitable or support water on its surface. This is often attributed to exoplanets that meet this range from a foreign star. It has often been the subject of countless adaptations that feed into the the fantasy of being a multi planet species. The idea is almost cliche to us, Humanity picking up and colonizing a habitable exoplanet after Earth starts showing it’s diseased and decaying nature. A notion ridiculed as being horrendously difficult with less available energy as the distance from the sun increases. However, research into a new exoplanet might alter commonly known facts about Space so much that colonizing other planets could actually become a tangible reality in the near future.
The Hubble Telescope has spotted and Scientists have confirmed a different type of exoplanet, a large oblong shaped mass in the Kuiper Belt that has flowing water -- no where near the Goldilock Zone that earth occupies. This shocking discovery caused massive ripples earlier this week in the Astronomy and Physics community as people struggled to explain the new phenomenon. However, fortunately a trail-blazing independent research from CalTech from the renowned astrophysicist Elias Monteiro insisted that the answer has been staring us in the face : Dark Energy.
Fig. 1 Credit: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
According to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Figure 1, dark energy is estimated of making up 68.3% of the Universe, a left over product of the Big Bang. The theory states that should the center of a mass be dense enough the dormant dark energy trapped inside the mass becomes attracted to the dark energy outside the structure, warming the mass and giving it an atmosphere. This discovery might be our key to understanding dark energy and dark matter and might be proof that the sun is not the only source of energy out there.