Planet Like Earth Found in Alpha Centauri


BERLIN - An Earth-like planet discovered outside our solar system. The planet was discovered by astronomers from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Reporting from the International Business Times, Wednesday (17/10/2012), the planet has in common with the Earth in terms of size and distance from the Sun. It is in the Alpha Centauri which is 4.3 light years away as far from Earth.

The astronomers used the High Accuracy Radial-velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) with a long 3.6 meter telescope to discover the planet. But according to them, the planet can be seen with the naked eye from certain places.

Despite having the same size as the Earth, the planet is too hot to be habitable living creatures. The temperature there can reach 2,200 degrees and an estimated surface composed of molten lava.

Seeing this, astronomers remain optimistic about the possibility of another planet similar in size and more suitable for habitable living creatures.

"Maybe this planet is only one of several planets in the solar system. HARPS our other results and new discoveries from Kepler, they show clearly that the majority of low-mass planet discovered in the solar system," said co-author's research Stephane Udry.

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