This Is The Most Earth-Like Planet Discovered Yet

This Is The Most Earth-Like Planet Discovered Yet

The nearest Earth-like planet is only 16 light-years away from us. It has a mass that is more than five times the mass of the Earth and it orbits a red dwarf star that has half the mass and radius of our sun.

But the most important thing about the Gliese 832c, as astronomers at the University of New South Wales are calling it, is that it receives the same average energy as the Earth does from the sun. This makes it fall in a "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water to exist on a world's surface, according to Space.com. "It's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things," writes Space.com's Mike Wall.

This makes the Gliese 832c one of the top three most Earth-like planets ever discovered and the closest one to Earth of all three, says Abel Mendez Torres on the Planetary Habitability Lab's blog. Head over to the full post for more fascinating details. [Sci-News.com via The Verge]


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    Only 16 years away... at the speed of light...

    "It has a mass that is more than five times the mass of the Earth and it orbits a red dwarf star that has half the mass and radius of our sun"

    hardly an example of an earth like planet, unless its another group of scientists presenting another example of a computer model that makes fiction into fact.

      Had you bothered to glance at the full post you'd see that they openly state that yes, the size of the planet could make it more like Venus (super hot) than Earth and the seasons would be extreme. All they're saying is that this is 'the nearest best habitable world candidate so far'. Nice thinly veiled swipe at Climate science though.

        That heading says it all... The planet is nowhere near habitable, by any standard...

        i did... did you read the bit that then suggested that liquid water could also exist in that super hot venus like atmoshere... Its not earth like one bit.

          The word 'like' being relative this planet is far more 'like' earth than, for example, a duck. The fact that this is the planet that is more 'like' earth than any other we've found doesn't mean it could support life, or really anything other than the fact that all the other planets are even LESS 'like' earth. It's basic logic. The statement of the scientists is factually, logically correct and will remain that way UNLESS you can show that there is another discovered planet that is MORE like earth.

    Cool, so, when does the invasion begin?

    Last edited 01/07/14 12:08 am

      It begins when you stop posting about when the invasion begins.

    So that's about 70,000 years one way loosely based on the fastest speed we've been in space. Unfortunately we are more likely to destroy ourselves and the planet well before we develop technology to transport and preserve the human race for that length of time in space.

      Wonder how the experiments towards this are going:
      http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2012/09/nasa-starts-development-on-real-life-star-trek-warp-drive/

      If the planet is still there when you arrive.

    If we somehow manage to populate another planet the very first law should be "no religion allowed"

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