National Geographic: Potentially Life-Friendly Planets Discovered

Lahore (19th June, 2019): Two potentially life-friendly planets have been discovered orbiting a nearby star according to National Geographic.

According to Baaghi TV’s sources, National Geographic  has recently announced the news of a great discovery, the possibility of “potentially life-friendly” planets orbiting nearby a star thought to be 12 light-years away from Earth.

According to National Geographic‘s Nadia Drake, given the possibility that the two planets are confirmed, it is believed that they might be similar to Earth in mass and they could allow water to trickle and puddle on their surface as it does on the Earth.

Scientists have inferred the host star to be the Teegarden’s star, which is approximately eight billion years old or at least twice the age of the sun. This means, therefore, that the planets orbiting it are also ancient.

So far it is believed that astronomers are trying to determine signs of life on the basis of whether they are habitable. Ignasi Ribas of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia, whilst on the subject said:

“We will eventually see if they are actually habitable and, perhaps, even inhabited.”

Moreover, Ribas and his colleagues as confirmed by the National Geographic, have estimated the two planets, Teegarden star b and Teegarden star c, to complete an orbit in 4.9 and 11.4 Earth-days respectively with each planet weighing nearly 1.1 times that of Earth’s total mass.

Furthermore, while stars such as the Teegardan are usually “prone to erupting”, as per the latest discovery, the star is “eerily quiet” thus making it easier for Ribas and his team to study its planetary signals.

Ribas stated, “The number of measurements is so high and the star is so well-behaved that there is very little room for an alternative explanation” he continued to discuss that he was willing to bet his little fingers that the discovery made by their team is accurate and that it is “a clear-cut case of planet detection”.

Lauren Weiss from the University of Hawaii has even shared that she is “impressed by the quality of the data”. Although Weiss has raised her concerns, she has concluded with the idea that even if the team has measured their orbital periods wrong, they will still be considered planets.

 

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