A diagram of the arrangement of the two newly discovered planets orbiting Teegarden’s star.
There are even more potentially habitable planets in the vicinity of the Earth, more than we ever imagined. A research team discovered two Earth-like planets in our cosmic back yard, and they’re located in the perfect area for water to form, presumably, with a rocky subsoil.
The planets are in orbit around the sun, which is also known as “Teegarden’s star”, which is only a 12.5 light-years from Earth. (A light-year is the distance light travels in a year, or about 6 trillion miles or 10 trillion kilometers.) The two planets look an awful lot like the Earth and our neighboring worlds, the researchers said.
The two planets are similar to those of the inner planets of the solar system,” lead author, Mathias Zechmeister, a research scientist at the Institute for Astrophysics at the University of Göttingen in Germany, said in a statement. They are only slightly higher than that of the Earth, and it is located in the so-called habitable zone, where water is present in liquid form.”
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The results were obtained as part of the CARMENES search for exo-planets; CARMENES for Calar Alto high-Resolution search for M dwarfs with Exoearths with Near-infrared and in the optical Rating for the Telescopes.”
According to the project of the stars, the new worlds that orbit their host star with periods of about five days and 11 days, respectively. That is, it is very fast in comparison to the planets in orbit around our own sun, and even Mercury takes 88 days to make one single track), but the Teegarden’s star is an M dwarf, a type of star that produces less light and energy than our own sun. A potentially-habitable worlds that could be found, drawing closer to its star than the Earth is to the sun, or the water would have frozen to death. So, to their jobs faster.
More planets could be lurking in the Teegarden’s star of the solar system, the team adds, because a lot of stars and a few planets orbiting them. The research team attempted to find more and more evidence of planets using the “transit method, which looks for subtle dips of the brightness of a world of its star.
The scientists do not detect the transits, but they did so out of a combination of a cosmic geometry, a: All of the potential residents of the newly-discovered planets, and could also make use of the transit method to look at the Earth. This is because, from the point of view of the Teegarden’s star the Earth moves around the sun at just the right angle to make the pass through on the surface of our star, so that astronomers are “out there” to see us, as we go along.
In a paper on the research was published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
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The original article Space.com.