Monday, May 2, 2016

Earth-Like Planets Around Red Dwarf

Paris (AFP) - An international team of scientists said Monday they had discovered a trio of Earth-like planets that are the best bet so far for finding life outside our solar system.

The three orbit an ultracool dwarf star a mere 39 light years away, and are likely comparable in size and temperature to Earth and Venus, they reported in a study, published in Nature.

"This is the first opportunity to find chemical traces of life outside our solar system," said lead author Michael Gillon, an astrophysicist at the University of Liege in Belgium.

All three planets had the "winning combination" of being similar in size to Earth, "potentially habitable" and close enough so their atmospheres can be analysed with current technology, he told AFP.
At least they don't have Democrats there.


Jerry The Geek said...

"At least they don't have Democrats there."

Are you sure? Dems are like cockroaches ... they show up everywhere without rhyme or reason and proceed to eat your cigarettes right out of the pack on your nightstand. Because they can. They survive where no other creature can, and will be the last mobile organic life left on earth at the Millenium.

They have to do that. They have nowhere to go.

Mauser said...

Name the three Red Dwarf planets Lister, Rimmer, and Kryten....

Gladorn said...

Because of work and family, I've gotten about a week or so behind in reading Clayton's blog. I've been skipping over most of the comments while trying to catch up. But I read the comments for this one, and I'm glad I did.

Mauser, you win the internets for today!