Is it possible to survive in a dwarf world?

There are three essential elements for life: water, an energy source and organic molecules – that is, the molecules that contain carbon.

More than 100 miles (161 kilometers) below the surface of Pluto is an ocean of water; This may be true for other Kuiper belt clouds. Ceres has groundwater, a remnant of the ancient world oceans.

Organic molecules are found, in all parts of our solar system, on Ceres and Pluto.

But what is lost for all dwarf cages is a source of energy.

The sun doesn’t go down, the Kuiper belts are more crowded; they are far from the sun. To reach the belt, the light must travel more than 2.7 billion miles (4.4 billion km). When the sun comes to these distant worlds, none of them can be too hot.

And all the small baskets are too small to store the internal heat except from the installation of the solar system.

However, scientists have seen life on Earth in the worst places imaginable – close to the bottom of the ocean, miles deep in the ground and in a powerful volcano. When it comes to life in our solar system, don’t say no.


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Peroomian Department, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

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