Researchers are getting further and further away from Earth in order to find signs of alien life forms. We would say “intelligent” life, but let’s face it – there’s a lot of that missing from our own planet at the moment. At this point, we’ll settle for any form of life.
It appears that it may be found on frozen planets. And rainbows may be able to point us toward that life.
Forget about pots of gold at the ends of rainbows. Instead, there may be microorganisms looming at the end. They may be capable of surviving in extremely cold environments, devoid of nutrients and more.
We’ve seen it happen on Earth. Scientists have found that microbes are capable of thriving in the Arctic Circle, even as they lack dry air and nutrients and are subjected to unthinkably cold conditions.
Such conditions could be capable of breeding alien life forms.
George Lucas considered the possibility of an ice planet with life on it decades ago when he created the planet Hoth in the Star Wars universe. So, why couldn’t it be a reality? Stranger things have happened.
With a powerful telescope, researchers may be able to discover a lot more about the frozen worlds that are looming outside of the Milky Way galaxy. The microbes living inside of the ice produce different biopigments
It is believed that the “signature” of these colors may actually be seen from space because of the unique spectra they exude. When using the right telescope, it will be possible to see these alien rainbows. They would be invisible to the human eye since we can only see a limited part of the spectrum.
Ligia Coelho may already be onto something. They have published a study as a result of their work at Cornell University and Instituto Superior de Agronomia and Tecnico. The study was published in Astrobiology to show what the microbes might look like with the right space telescope.
Suddenly, life was visible.
“Some of these biopigments protect microbes from extreme conditions in Earth’s cryosphere, but also on the surface of some exoplanets. Thus, they would be a useful feature for extraterrestrial microbial life living in such environments,” Coelho explained to SYFY WIRE.
It turns out that ice is only colorless if it doesn’t have any microbes hiding inside of it. As soon as you look at it under a microscope, it’s not so clear anymore.
This discovery may change the way that space telescopes are developed in the future. It can help to answer the important question we’ve been looking for – are we alone in this universe?
The answer is becoming more and more obvious that we are not alone. The only question is whether there’s something larger than a microbe out there.
If the Navy were to answer the question, they’d say that there’s most certainly intelligent life out there because they’ve seen the spacecraft. But the government doesn’t want us to know about such things. It’s why the question must be answered by scientists who are using microscopes and telescopes to look into space.
Coelho has even explained that some of the microbes may be radioresistant. For example, on Jupiter’s second-largest moon, Titan, it rains methane and ethane. That would be toxic to humans, but it may actually be what’s being created by microorganisms in Jupiter – and it’s what Coelho has identified as “weird life.”
In a time not too far away, we may be able to use telescopes to look for rainbows. Instead of aiming them at Earth, though, we’ll aim them upwards to see if we can find an alien life form.