Scientists have discovered a new planet that may be habitable. It has been described as a super-Earth approximately 14 light years away. The planet is one of three planets that have been detected orbiting a red dwarf star. The star is called Wolf 1061 and it is a part of the constellation Ophiuchus.
It has long been a dream of science fans that there may be a habitable planet nearby. Planets that are able to sustain life as we know it must be positioned exactly right. Too close or too far from the star the planet orbits means that it can not be inhabited by humans.
The Habitable Zone
According to the study’s lead author Dr Duncan Wright “The middle planet Wolf 1061c, is orbiting within the so-called ‘Goldilocks zone’ — the habitable zone where it might be possible for liquid water and maybe even life to exist,”
Most red dwarfs are very active
This amazing discovery was made by astronomers in Australia and full details of the study have been reported in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. It is stated that “This discovery is especially exciting because the star is extremely calm. Most red dwarfs are very active, giving out X-ray bursts and super flares which spells doom for any life, given the habitable zone is so close into these stars.”
The three new planets detected by the scientists are thought to be worlds with rocky terrain. Watch the video below for more information about this awesome discovery.