Distant Planet Could Host Earth-Like Temperatures

Posted by on Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Artist's impression of the planet Ross 128 b.jpg
After observing a planet for ten years, scientists have said that the planet has temperatures similar to Earth.

The planet, Ross 128 b, is Earth-sized and the ground temperature is similar to what we experience on Earth.

The planet is 11 light-years away.

The star that it orbits is relatively quiet so it doesn't emit deadly solar flares.

Researchers will now work to determine if liquid water can exist on the surface. 

On May 12, 2017, researchers observing Ross 128 picked up mysterious signals using the Arecibo Observatory. Abel Méndez, an astrobiologist at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo, said the star was observed for ten minutes, during which time the wide-band radio signal was "almost periodic" and decreased in frequency.

It was first cataloged in 1926 by American astronomer Frank Elmore Ross.



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