Around the 24th nearest star to the Sun, there are two small exoplanets discovered by a massive international team of astronomers.
Today, exoplanet discoveries are happening all the time, but one of these planets is special: The teegarden b resembles the earth closer than any other world that scientists have found to date, Gizmodo reports . It's an exciting find and in our own backyard – but that doesn't necessarily mean that people can survive there.
The exoplanets running the Teegarden's Star, called Teegarden b and c, were recently seen on Spain's Calar Alto observatory as part of the exoplanet hunt CARMENES project, according to research published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics last week.
Teegarden's Star is about a tenth of the sun's size, but the circulation of the exoplanet close enough to potentially maintain a temperate environment suspects the researchers. In the study, Teegarden b scored a 0.94 on what is called "Earth Similarity Index", where a 1
Astronomers still have much to learn about teegarden exoplanets. They measure their mass and circulation distance, but they do not yet know how big they are.
"We are somewhat hampered by what we can deduce about these planets because we do not know their radii," Planetary Institute researcher Amy Barr Mlinar told Gizmodo . "But this is a very exciting find, and I hope we will find more observations of this system in the future."
No one knows, for example, whether the planets have an atmosphere or water, both crucial for potential future settlers.
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