Rocky Wolf 1061c Planet Sitting in the Habitable Zone of a Nearby Star

A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have discovered a rocky planet that sits perfectly in the habitable “Goldilocks” zone of a Sun-like star located just 14 light years away from Earth.


Just last month, astronomers from the Edinburgh University had found a planet-like object without any parent star about 75 light years away from Earth The new planet discovered, named Wolf 1061c, is about four times the size of Earth and is the nearest potentially habitable world, according to scientists. It has a rocky, solid surface which is usually considered to be necessary to support alien life. Presence of a planet in the “Goldilocks zone” makes the planet neither too hot nor too cold, meaning the planet could support life. Wolf 1061 lies in Ophiucus constellation and is the 35th closest star to Earth.


Lead researcher Dr Duncan Wright revealed in a statement that their team has actually found three planets revolving around a red dwarf star. These planets are of “low enough mass” and have a solid surface. Of these three planets, one is located very close to the star, while the other one lies too far out. The middle of these three planets, Wolf 1061c, “sits within the ‘Goldilocks’ zone where it might be possible for liquid water – and maybe even life – to exist.”

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Foi descoberto um potencial candidato de planeta habitável que orbita uma estrela anã vermelha "apenas" a 13 anos-luz da Terra.
Estima-se que o planeta se encontre na hipotética zona de habitabilidade da estrela.

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