Scientists Find Nearby Planet the Same Size of Earth, Plan to Search It for Life.
A team of astronomers has discovered a highly intriguing rocky planet orbiting in the habitable zone of a nearby star.
Since it orbits its star at a distance where liquid water can exist, the scientists say they’re excited to probe the Earth-like planet for signs of extraterrestrial life.
Out of the over 5,000 exoplanets we’ve discovered, a tiny minority of them are smaller than two Earth masses.
Out of those, only a dozen orbit their host star’s habitable zone.
In other words, this is a very rare and promising world.
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The planet, dubbed Wolf 1069 b, is located in a star system a mere 31 light-years from Earth in the Cygnus constellation.
“When we analyzed the data of the star Wolf 1069, we discovered a clear, low-amplitude signal of what appears to be a planet of roughly Earth mass,” said Diana Kossakowski, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) astronomer and lead author of a paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, in the statement.
Foreign [Music] Scientists find nearby Planet the same Size of Earth plan to search it for life A team of astronomers has discovered a Highly intriguing rocky planet orbiting In the habitable zone of a nearby star Since it orbits its star at a distance Where liquid water can exist the Scientists say they're excited to probe The earth-lake planet for signs of Extraterrestrial life out of the over 5000 exoplanets we've discovered a tiny Minority of them are smaller than two Earth masses out of those only a dozen Orbit their host star's habitable zone In other words this is a very rare and Promising world to stay up to date with Latest top stories make sure to Subscribe to this YouTube channel by Clicking the button above this video the Planet dubbed wolf 1069b is located in a Star system a mere 31 light years from Earth and the cygnus constellation when We analyze the data of the star wolf 1069 we discovered a clear low amplitude Signal of what appears to be a planet of Roughly Earth Mass said Diana kosakowski Max Planck Institute for astronomy m PIAA astronomer and Lead author of a Paper published in the journal astronomy And astrophysics in the statement it Orbits the star within 15.6 days at a Distance equivalent to 1 15 of the
Separation between the Earth and the Sun She added but conditions for life on the Rocky planet aren't nearly as balmy as Back on Earth as it only receives 65 of The radiation it receives from its star Then Earth gets from the Sun that means Its surface is likely a lot cooler Assuming the planet is bare rock Temperatures could average around -9 Degrees Fahrenheit with an Earth-like Atmosphere temperatures might reach as High as a Brisk but extremely livable 55 Degrees Fahrenheit such an atmosphere Might also Shield the planet's surface From notoriously high levels of UV Radiation emanating from Red dwarfs like Wolf 1069 unfortunately there is no Guarantee that the exoplanet actually Has an atmosphere red dwarfs are Particularly violent hosts that could Easily wreak havoc on the unfortunate Planets trapped in their orbit making Matters worse wolf 1069b is tidally Locked with its host star which means One site always faces away just like the Moon that means only portions of the Planet's day side could be habitable Despite these considerable caveats Kosakowski and her colleagues are Optimistic are computer simulations show That about five percent of all evolving Planetary systems around low mass stars Such as wolf 1069 end up with a single Detectable Planet set mpias Remo burn
Co-author of the study in the statement While 31 light years isn't exactly next Door it's not an unsurpassable distance As far as Earth-like exoplanets go but Developing the Technologies to search For biosignatures at such distances Remains as elusive as ever we'll Probably have to wait another 10 years For this kosikowski said adding that for Now the team will keep looking for even More tantalizing candidates in the Vicinity of wolf 1069. Foreign [Music]