Sci/Tech Return to "Earth's Twin" -European Teams Says Gliese 581 May be Habitable

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More than 10 years after the discovery of the first extra-solar planet, a European team of astronomers have confirmed that one of the planets might indeed be located within the habitable zone around the star Gliese 581.

Until a few years ago, most of the newly discovered exo-planets were Jupiter-mass, probably gaseous, planets. Recently, astronomers have announced the discovery of several planets that are potentially much smaller super-Earths with a minimum mass lower than 10 Earth masses.

In April, a European team announced in Astronomy & Astrophysics the discovery of two new planets orbiting the M star Gliese 581 (a red dwarf), with masses of at least 5 and 8 Earth masses. Given their distance to their parent star, these new planets -Gliese 581c and Gliese 581d- were the first ever possible candidates for habitable planets.

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YEA, another planet to pillage and plunder its resources.


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Wouldn't gravity be a problem?
What if something beat us to it already? :p
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