We all knew that Earth is the only planet that supports life, but Scientists have surprised us with their research, according to them they have found a ‘second Earth planet, with temperatures capable of supporting life. Scientists believe that the newly discovered Earth-sized world planet named could be the closest planet capable of supporting life.Most exciting of all is that this planet is situated just 11 light-years away. That makes Ross 128 b the second closest potentially habitable exoplanet to Earth we know about after Proxima b. The world, which is about one-and-a-half times the mass of Earth, maybe in the star’s habitable zone too.Bonfils and his team spent about a decade monitoring this red dwarf, called Ross 128 before they figured out a planet was lurking around it. The researchers used the HARPS instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile to periodically observe the star’s minuscule wobbles. Orbiting planets, while tiny, can gravitationally tug on a star, causing the star to shake in its orbit. After taking 116 measurements with HARPS, the team was able to conclude that an Earth-sized planet was orbiting around the star.Because the planet is so low-mass, the researchers are pretty sure that it’s rocky like Earth. And based on their wobble measurements, the researchers found that Ross 128 b is very close to its sun, in an orbit that takes just 10 Earth days to complete. That puts the planet about 20 times closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun. But this star is also 280 times less luminous than our Sun, so Ross 128 b only receives about 40 percent more light than Earth does. That means the planet may have a surface temperature similar to Earth. Depending on how much light it reflects back into space, this planet could have the right temperatures needed for liquid water.Of course, there’s still a lot we don’t know about this planet. Sure, it seems to have a lot of good stats, but scientists still don’t know what the planet’s climate is like, and that could seriously impact its habitability. We won’t know for sure what kind of atmosphere this planet has until we look at it directly, and that may not happen for a while. There aren’t really any telescopes available right now that can see Ross 128 b directly.
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