The Goldilocks Zone

The Goldilocks Zone

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  • Our planet get's just the right temp. because of how far away we are from the sun. If you are super close to the sun it is too hot to live there but if you are to far away from the sun then it is too cold. You need to be in the middle for the just right temperature. If we were to go to another solar system the right temp./ habitable zone would change, depending on  how big or small or hot or cold the star is determines where the habitable zone is. For example, if it is a cooler star the right temp. to live/ habitable zone is closer to the star. 
  • There are other planets besides ours but there are many conditions for us to live there. There has to be liquid water, a suitable atmosphere and the right temperature. We call this the Goldilocks Zone.
  • Dad,  I learned in class today that there are other planets besides ours. Could we live on one?
  • When we look for planets we can live on focus on the places that contain water. Where liquid water is there is usually life. If there is life then we might be able to survive as well.
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  • I couldn't imagine a life without water.
  • We also need an atmosphere to live on a planet. An atmosphere is an envelope of gases that hold everything in, including liquid water. If we did not have an atmosphere then there would be no oxygen for us to breathe.
  • We would die if we can't breathe!
  • That is why they call it the Goldilocks Zone! Just like the Fairytale!
  • So, are those the only problems in visiting another planet? 
  • Nope, there are also problems in money, fuel and resources for the people traveling. If we find a planet that is habitable or in the Goldilocks zone then it is probably a long way away and we need a way to survive while traveling. Scientists are trying to find a way right now.
  • GUYS! Guess what my dad told me?
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  • He said that...
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  • WHAT???
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  • WOAH that is so cool! You have a smart dad. Maybe when we grow up we can be smart just like him and maybe live on another planet together if we can fix all those problems and find a "habitable planet".
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