A ‘second Earth’ found around the nearest fixed star to Earth could harbour alien life, but it would be very different from life on our planet.
The dim light of the nearby red dwarf star would mean that plants would have black leaves, and any organisms would have to be tough to have survived eruptions of plasma in the star’s past.
Scientists are excited because of how near the planet is to Earth, just 4.24 light years away, right on our doorstep in cosmic terms. It’s far closer than any previously discovered ‘exoplanet’.
The planet, found orbiting Proxima Centauri, is set to be announced officially by the European Southern Observatory (ESO)this week.
A source said, ‘The still nameless planet is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface — an important requirement for the emergence of life. “Never before have scientists discovered a second Earth that is so close by.
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An astronomer involved in the search told German magazine Der Spiegel, ‘It was hard work finding the tiny celestial body.
‘We were at the limits of what is technologically possible when it comes to measurements.’