Scientists discovered a planet that appears to have the characteristics necessary to support life, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced Wednesday.
Scientists with ESO spotted Ross 128 b using a High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher attached to a telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile. The planet is 11 light years away from Earth orbiting an inactive red dwarf star.
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“I think Ross 128 is much more comfortable for the development of life,” researcher Nicola Astudillo-Defru, who co-authored a report on the discovery, told the BBC. “But we still need to know what the atmosphere of Ross 128 b is like. Depending on its composition and the reflectivity of its clouds, the exoplanet may be life friendly with liquid water as the Earth, or sterile like Venus.”