European astronomers announced on Tuesday that they have discovered a new Earth-size planet outside the solar system. According to the Associated Press, the location, as well as, the size indicates that the planet could be populated.
After centuries of research, astronomers have finally got a closer look at one of the planets outside our solar system. The planet is located in the near vicinity of the solar system, more specifically, at 25 trillion miles away. Even though the size and the location of the recently discovered heavenly body are propitious for life, scientists claim the temperature is too high for the asteroid to be habitable. The surface of the planet is practically made out of molten lava and temperatures can reach up to 2,200 degrees. The Earth-like planet is very close to its star, so researchers estimate it could circle it every few days.
The good news is that the rest of the planets residing in the proximity of the hot asteroid could present similar life conditions as the ones on Earth. In fact, there are several planets circling the same star, but situated a little farther away. Thus, the cooler atmosphere called Goldilocks Zone might allow the planets to develop water and life.
In addition to the discovery of the Earth-like planet, scientists also announced that Alpha Centauri B, an asteroid that was long sought by astronomers, could be a lot closer than they initially estimated. In fact, Alpha Centauri B could be seen without a telescope from the southern regions on Earth during night time. Even though it seems easily reachable, the planet is so far away that it would take ten thousands of years for a modern device to reach it.
Scientists are determined to get a closer look at the planet as soon as possible. They have already urged NASA and the European Space Agency to come up with missions that could enable the exploration of Alpha Centauri B.