A New Planet Was Just Discovered…

A New Planet Was Just Discovered…

A “Super Earth” more than three times the mass of the Earth was discovered in orbit around a nearby star. Do you think there’s life on “Super Earth?”

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Attention earthlings, prepare for another alien possibility because a “Super Earth” planet was just discovered in orbit around a nearby star, scientists announced in a recent study.

Super Earths are defined as “planets with masses larger than the Earth but not as big as the ice giants in our solar system, such as Neptune and Uranus.”

According to USA Today, this planet is more than three times the mass of the Earth with a temperature of about 238 degrees below zero. Brrr, chilly.

The star this planet was found orbiting is Barnard’s Star, the single closest star to our solar system. This is, in space terms, fairly close to Earth at 30 trillion miles away.

The planet was named Barnard’s Star b after its star companion, very creative.

“After a very careful analysis, we are 99 percent confident that the planet is there,” a statement by the study’s lead scientist Ignasi Ribas said.

The planet was revealed to be frozen and dimly lit. “We used observations from seven different instruments, spanning 20 years of measurements, making this one of the largest and most extensive data sets ever used,” Ribas explained.

The exciting thing is, there is a chance that life could exist on this planet. According to USA Today, “the planet lies well beyond the star’s habitable zone in which liquid water, and possibly life, could exist.”

“This is an extremely exciting new planet candidate,” Sarah Ballard, an MIT scientist told Sky and Telescope. She did say, “I wouldn’t buy a ticket to Barnard’s Star just yet, knowing that there’s a 1 percent chance the planet isn’t there.”

Astronomers have searched for planets around this star for decades.

“This remarkable planet gives us a key piece in the puzzle of planetary formation and evolution,” Rodrigo Diaz, an astronomer at the University of Buenos Aires said in an article accompanying the study.

Do you think there’s life on “Super Earth” planet Barnard’s Star b? Read more about this story on USA Today here.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

A “Super Earth” more than three times the mass of the Earth was discovered in orbit around a nearby star. Do you think there’s life on “Super Earth?”

Totals
52% Yes! Aliens!
48% Life couldn’t survive on it
Males
52% Yes! Aliens!
48% Life couldn’t survive on it
Females
50% Yes! Aliens!
50% Life couldn’t survive on it

Yes! Aliens!

Life couldn’t survive on it

A New Planet Was Just Discovered…


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