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: