According to experts, the planet called Ross 128b might be our best bet when it comes to finding signs of extraterrestrial life. Or we might consider it as an alternative for relocation in case things go bad here on Earth. It’s about the same size as our own planet and it’s located in the so-called “goldilocks zone” where the conditions are good for liquid water. Moreover, it orbits a star that’s not too hot, nor to cold and it’s only 11 light years away, which means it’s technically our neighbor.
Now, the European Southern Observatory has shifted its focus towards this planet. The experts there will have the mission to analyze the photos of light coming from Ross 128b in search for any clues that might reveal the mysterious nature of its atmosphere. Overall, scientists are very happy with this planet and how it looks to be our best bet for life.
Ross 128b could be our home away from home
According to doctor Charles Lineweaver, this is one of the most interesting discoveries that have been recently made. Still, people should not rush to buy a ticket there. There have been similar discoveries in recent years. For example, earlier this year, the TRAPPIST-1 system and three of its worlds looked very promising for life. Actually, experts believe that all seven of its planets might hold liquid water.
Last year, experts identified another possibly-habitable planet in Proxima b. Two years ago, everyone was excited about Kepler 452b. A year on this planet lasts 385 days and it orbits a star that much like our Sun. However, it’s 1,200 light years away and 60% bigger than the Earth.
As for Ross 128b, in about 79,000 years-time, it will become our closest neighbor because its solar system is getting closer to our own. Lineweaver thinks that this period of time might be enough for us to discover the mysteries behind interstellar transport.
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