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Located just four light years from our solar system
A planet like our own have found measly four light years from our solar system.
And the scientific community rejoices in the sensational discovery.
– This is close enough for us to be able to spit there, says Geoffrey Marcy.
The 21st december this year, the world apparently cease to exist, according to the ancient Mayan calendar.
But while the end of our earth is approaching astronomers are working feverishly to find other habitable planets in our ”closeness”.
And now it seems finally to have come loose.
Jordlik plane found
Measly four light years from us humans have a sensational planet discovered in our nearest neighboring system Alpha Centauri.
The planet similar to earth when it comes to the size and mass, but is unfortunately too near the sun to live.
There is however nothing that allowed the scientists to lose their heads. They do not exclude the possibility that life may exist in its vicinity, reports said.
The New York Times strikes also the drums and think that we will probably never be able to find an Earth-like planet so close to our own sun.
According to scientists who speak out in the article is the lightest planet ever discovered – in orbit around another star.
Chance to find more
Planets of this size generally have not been recorded before, but with new technology, the hope has been lit.
If you find one, you will find often several.
– Very small planets are not rare. When you find a small plane, so you can find others, says Xavier Dumusque who together with his colleagues behind the groundbreaking discovery, published today, Wednesday.
Geoffrey Marcy, astronomer at Berkley, goes even further in a statement to the newspaper.
– This is close enough for us to be able to spit there, he excited and get support from another colleague:
”Send there one probe”
– I feel that we should drop everything we are doing right now and send a probe to study the new planet and that will most likely exist in the system, says Sara Seager of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In the system, Alpha Centauri, there are three other stars. Two of them are about the size of our sun – and it is in the so-called ”habitable zone” around these stars that is now hoping to find even a twin to Earth.
It thus temperature is a bit more pleasant.