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American astronomer discovers Earth-like Red Dwarf planet

Published time: March 25, 2014 14:19
Edited time: March 27, 2014 10:47


A new, Earth-like, inhabitable planet has been discovered outside our solar system by American astronomer Thomas Barclay. The planet is almost the same size as Earth – just one-tenth bigger – and is orbiting a Red Dwarf star.

The planet orbits around an M1 Red Dwarf, or small and relatively cool, star, where liquid (including water) can exist. Such planets are in the “Goldilocks” zone, scientists say – like Goldilocks’ porridge, they are not too hot and not too cold, and therefore could potentially support life.

At least five other planets, apart from the freshly-discovered one, are orbiting the Red Dwarf.

By contrast, the Earth’s sun is a G-dwarf, a much bigger star.

The radius of the newly-discovered planet is just 1.1 times the size of our planet. Until now, the smallest Earth-like planet discovered, Kepler-62f, was 1.4 times the size of the Earth and 1,200 light years away.

Nasa’s Kepler mission was launched in 2009, with its aim being to look for Earth-like planets. Since then, the mission has found about 3,000 possible candidate planets. More information about the mission’s findings is due to be released later this year.

Comments (14)


gera toutoune 25.03.2014 23:59

Do people fight for oil and power on these earthly-like planets? Just want to know. no offense... are homeless free to camping on deserted land? no offense just asking... are there John Mc Cain types of people? better stay away from those planets.


John Smith 25.03.2014 23:18

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We already have propulsion systems designed that are capable of getting unmanned probes to the nearer stars within the lifetimes of the people who send them.

Do a web search for "Orion and Dyson". The TED video his son made might be of interest as well.

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You're incorrect. The nearest star to our solar system is Proxima Centauri, it is 4.3 light years away. The fastest spacecraft made is deep space 1 @ 56,000 km/ would take 81,000 years to get there.

We'r e not even remotely close to sending a probe or a human that far into space.


H S 25.03.2014 22:47

Mr Spock 25.03.2014 15:44

I remind you that you Earthmen are only a tiny minority in this galaxy.


Absolutely....w e have been visited for millions of years now, thats how far behind (technologically and spiritually) we Earthlings are. Everything in our vacinity has been intervened with, including ourselves!

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