An artist's depiction of a habitable planet with two moons orbiting a red dwarf star. A new analysis of Kepler data suggests red dwarfs may host many Earth-like, and potentially habitable, worlds. (David A. Aguilar (CfA)) [ #extrasolarplanets #alienlife #extraterrestriallife #space ]
Astronomers reported Wednesday that the nearest Earth- like planet may be just 13 light-years away -- or some 77 trillion miles. That planet hasn't been found yet, but should be there based on the team's study of red dwarf stars.
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Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets and the closest could be just 13 light-years away!
Using publicly available data from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have found that six percent of red dwarf stars have habitable, Earth-sized planets. Since red dwarfs are the most common stars in our galaxy, the closest Earth-like planet could be just 13 light-years away.
Image above: This artist's conception shows a hypothetical habitable planet, orbiting a red dwarf star, with two moons. Astronomers have found that 6 percent of all red dwarf stars have an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone. (Image courtesy
ET might be close to us than we thought... - A drawing shows an Earth-like planet with two moons as it orbits a red dwarf star. Astronomers say the closest such planet could be 13 light years away, much closer than was thought. Photo: David A. Aguilar, Associated Press
A new study suggests there could be billions of potentially habitable Earth-sized planets orbiting red dwarf stars in our Galaxy, including one just 13 light years away. Researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) have been studying data captured by NASA's Kepler telescope and examining planet candidates orbiting red dwarfs.. Illustration of a planet with two moons orbiting a red dwarf in the habitable zone. Credit: David A Aguilar (CfA)