Star Systems » Star Systems in General

We have chosen three star systems to illustrate certain points. Two of them namely Epsilon Eridani and Cacri A could easily have a planet in the habitable zone or, in the of Cancri, a moon of a gas giant. However because of its young age Epsilon Eridani is unlikely to have yet developed any form of advanced life. We are of course assuming that the process of evolution is slow. Formalhaut as we can see has a very short life and life is hardly likely to gain a foothold on any planet within the theoretical habitable zone. In theory Cancri could already have developed advanced life by now or even a civilisation since it is about the same age of the Sun. In talking of star systems in general it should be remembered that the evidence now suggest because of the way that stars form all or nearly all will be surrounded by planets.

Ray Goodwin

Somewhere there are mountains
Glistening in the snow
Somewhere there are mountains
That we shall never know

Somewhere there are rivers
Flowing fast and free
Somewhere there are rivers
That we can never see

Somewhere there are oceans
And sun drenched island sands
Forests full of creatures
In vastly distant lands

Somewhere there’s a planet
Beneath an alien star
The people watch our tiny sun
And wonder where we are

One day perhaps we’ll find them
Across the void of space
Perhaps through ways as yet unknown
We’ll meet them face to face

The author of this web site Ray Goodwin holds B.Sc. Degrees from London University in Chemistry, Geology and Physiology and an M.Sc. in Biochemistry. He has spent most of his professional life teaching in Colleges of Technology. On his retirement he has entered the fields of astronomy, astrochemistry, astrobiology and space sciences. He has spent a great deal of his retirement in visiting amateur astronomy societies and in attending European Space Agency Symposia in ESTEC in the Netherlands and other scientific conferences in England and Sweden. He regularly attends the yearly European Astrofest in South Kensington London and other meetings in the UK. He has written scientific articles and given a number of lectures on diverse scientific subjects.

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