Wednesday, September 29, 2010

They Found One!

Gliese 581g is a planet that orbits the star Gliese 581 about 20 light years away.  It is located in an area and is of a size that puts it in the "habitable zone" and therefore possibly allowing life as we know it to exist.

Discovery news link:

 If you are super keen here is the link to the press article:
"GJ 581g, a minimum-mass 3.1M⊕ planet orbiting at
0.146 AU with a period of 36.6 days. The estimated equilibrium temperature of
GJ 581g is 228 K, placing it squarely in the middle of the habitable zone of the
star and offering a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet around
a very nearby star."

and a rather awkward video:

and now a not so awkward and shorter video:

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