New Home for Earthlings??? Ross 128 b

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If you are reading this, I hope it's because you're like me and you love the idea of life in outer space. If you aren't I hope you are at least curious enough to want to know more about this planet. 

Earlier on in the week, reports were circulating about scientist discovering a new planet that would be able to sustain life. This discovery is amazing for so many million reasons, but the main reason is it would give Earthlings a very possible venue for relocation.

That is... if whatever catalytic cosmic catastrophe takes place. I wouldn't quote me on that since I'm sure this will happen many many many many years after my time. Despite knowing that this possibility isn't until thousands of years down the road, I can't help but be fascinated by it. 

Here are the highlights of what I learned about Ross 128 b:

  • This planet is in fact, the second planet that we've found close to our solar system.
  • It's located about 11 light years away
  • It's size is similar to our own planet
  • It completes it's orbit around it's host star (also known as Ross 128, which is a dwarf star) every 9.9 days.
  • It is estimated that in 79,000 years this planet just may be our neighborhood exoplanet.
  • Scientist are not entirely sure IF it is actually habitable, but they are sure it can support life.
  • One reason habitation IS possible because of the lack of star violence (dangerous ultraviolet and x-ray radiation flares)
  • This lack of dwarf star violence is considered to be an unusual trait. 
  • The planet is located 20 times nearer to their Sun than we are to ours
  • That doesn't make it warmer though, because Ross 128 b is smaller and cooler. This particular combination will make the temperature livable. 
  • Ross 128 b only recieves 1.38 times the amount of radiation from it's Sun, than Earth recieves, despite the fact it's closer to it.
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I know that this will probably be after my time before any of this takes place, but the concept is still pretty exciting. From what I have also heard, Scientist in Europe will be sending out for biomarkers of the planet as early as 2025. 

To learn more about this planet, and what scientist have planned in the near future you should definitely check out this article from CNN.

Be sure to leave a comment and tell us what you think about this planet and what it can mean for mankind in the future!