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Newly discovered planet is the most Earth-like yet, scientists say

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Posted in Science on 1st Jul, 2014 12:17 AM by AlexMuller

Astronomers in Australia have discovered a new planet that could be the most similar to the Earth ever observed. The planet, dubbed Gliese 832c, is about 16 lightyears away and about five times the size of Earth. Astronomers said the planet orbits a red giant star that’s just far enough away to reasonably support life.

 

Scientists previously discovered a Jupiter-like cold planet Gilese 832b orbiting the same star back in 2009. But what makes this discovery significant is that Gliese 832c receive the same average level of stellar energy as our sun gives the Earth, according to a Sci-News report. “With an outer giant planet and an interior potentially rocky planet, this planetary system can be thought of as a miniature version of our Solar System,” professor and University of New South Wales astronomer Chris Tinney told Sci-News.


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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-01
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Not surprising. More we explore the space, more "Earths" we are going to discover
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-01
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It was reported recently that Earth-sized planets can support life at least ten times farther away from stars than previously thought. Cold rocky planets previously considered uninhabitable may be able to support life beneath the surface. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-01
+1
The possibility that life can exist below surface should be taken into account, just as these researchers did. The possibility that in future explorations some kind of life forms will be found are increasing- very exciting Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-07-01
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Not surprising. More we explore the space, more "Earths" we are going to discover Reply


 

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