Saturday, July 21, 2012

Planet found near Earth may have life


Astronomers at the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Carnegie Institution of Washington believe that they have discovered a planet right at Earth's front door that may be capable of supporting human life. The planet is 22 light years away, previously thought to be 20 light years, and is formally known as Gliese 581g .

The study reveals that the planet is twice the size of Earth. It is known as "Super Earth" due to its ability to hold on to its gassy atmosphere, which increases its chances of retaining liquid. Whether this liquid is frozen and stored under the surface or flowing freely across the planet, the researchers can't say. The scientist from the University of California said that the planet has "Churchly Wheather" similar to what we experience in Australia.


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