According to research, there’s a high chance of seeing alien life when two stars are pushed together. Astronomers from the University of Sheffield, UK, created a model that revealed a “habitable zone” near two stars that slightly collide together.
The discoveries got published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The researchers touted the habitable zone as the “Goldilocks Zone.” These are the areas around stars that have a balanced temperature. It’s the only place in the universe that researchers believe can handle life because it has all the conditions that can form complex molecules of water.
Dr. Richard Parker of the University of Sheffield and Bethany Wootton of University of York observed the binary systems (solar systems with two stars) that are still forming. Using visual simulations to illustrate the interactions between these young clusters of stars, Parker and Wootton analyzed how it affected binary pairs. They concluded that a lot of pairs had their habitable zones expanded when two stars are squeezed together by stars that are passing by.
A stellar nursery was found to have 350 binaries, and that 20 of those would squeeze together to create a zone. Some of the habitable zones that overlapped created larger areas conducive for nurturing life. According to Wooton, the most fundamental question of modern science is the search for life elsewhere in the universe. With the suggestion that there are more binary systems where planets exist in ‘Goldilocks Zone’, alien life out of space is a possibility now.