Astronomers Discover the Nearest Habitable Planet to Earth in Outer Space where habitable zone was recorded in the region where liquid water can exist on the planet’s surface.
Australian astronomers announced the discovery of the nearest possibly habitable planet to Earth. The red dwarf star Wolf 1061 is 14 light-years away and has three planets that are likely rocky.
One of these planets, Wolf 1061c, has a mass at least 4.25 times that of Earth and an orbital period of 17.867 days. This period places Wolf 1061c within its star’s habitable zone, the region where liquid water can exist on a planet’s surface.
However, the planet orbits close enough to its star that it is tidally locked, always keeping one face toward the star, much like the Moondoes with Earth. Water would boil away on the hemisphere facing the star and freeze on the hemisphere facing away. However, on the terminator, the line between the hemispheres, there could exist a zone of twilight where liquid water, and thus maybe life, might exist.
Since Wolf 1061c is so near to Earth, astronomers can study its atmosphere in much greater detail than for planets farther away.
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