Exomoons Around Alien Planets May Be Too Small for Life
Alien moons around distant worlds may not possess magnetic fields strong enough to protect extraterrestrial life from radiation that may blast it from deep space and nearby stars, researchers say.
The images that most likely come to mind when thinking of life-bearing alien moons are those of the forest moon of Endor in the “Star Wars” universe or Pandora in James Cameron’s movie “Avatar.” Astronomers might soon be able to spot real exomoons and scan their atmospheres for key signs of life as we know it, such as oxygen.
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Exomoons Around Alien Planets May Be Too Small for Life

Alien moons around distant worlds may not possess magnetic fields strong enough to protect extraterrestrial life from radiation that may blast it from deep space and nearby stars, researchers say.

The images that most likely come to mind when thinking of life-bearing alien moons are those of the forest moon of Endor in the “Star Wars” universe or Pandora in James Cameron’s movie “Avatar.” Astronomers might soon be able to spot real exomoons and scan their atmospheres for key signs of life as we know it, such as oxygen.

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