Scientists identify another planet with perhaps the right stuff for like

May 17, 2011

Scientists have found an Exoplanet planet near a red dwarf star called Gliese 581, that they believe could host life. The planet Gilese 581d, is at the colder outer edge of the “Goldilocks zone,” where water can exist in liquid form. At 20 light-years away, it is relatively close to Earth. Gilese 581d, has six times Earth’s mass and is twice its size. Scientists believe it is warm enough for liquid water and could feature clouds and liquid rainfall. An unconfirmed planet Gliese 581g found in the same solar system in 2010, is also a contender for habitability. But the planet’s existence has since been called into question.



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