With all the rain that California has received lately, many of us realize how much we take sunny San Diego days for granted. Today we appreciate the sunshine a bit more and are reminded that the Earth's location in comparison to the sun allows our planet to thrive. This location, known as a habitable zone, is an area in which a planetary surface can support liquid water given sufficient atmospheric pressure.
Late last month astronomers identified a nearby solar system hosting seven Earth-sized planets. The most exciting aspect of this finding is that three planets that orbit its central star-known as TRAPPIST-1-may also be within a habitable zone. That means they fall within a region that could support life as we know it. Didier Queloz, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge, in England, said "We have no idea what these planets look like now. They could be wet or dry. We just don't know," he says. "But for the first time since the first exoplanet was discovered 25 years ago, we may be able to answer the question about life beyond our solar system."
As I read about this new discovery, it occurred to me that it wouldn't have been possible unless someone with a passion for science hadn't asked "what if?" And not just once. They had to keep asking and exploring and investigating-for years. It's this kind of curiosity that the Fleet hopes to inspire each and every day through our exhibits, community programs and educational outreach. Thanks to you and your support of the Fleet, this kind of scientific inquiry is becoming more commonplace in our community.
Perhaps the next life-changing discovery is forming in the mind of one of today's visitors. Who knows? It sure is intriguing to ponder and exciting to be building a path of scientific discovery for all San Diegans.
Steve Snyder, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
P.S. For more information on how you can support the Fleet's efforts, contact Matthew Kirl at: MKirl@rhfleet.org.
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