Earth-like planet discovered 50 light-years away
“It could be a rocky planet with a thin atmosphere, a sort of “super Earth,” the researchers said today.
But this is no typical Earth. It completes its tight orbit in less than 10 days, compared to the 365 required for our year. Its daytime face would be scorched.
The planet’s surface conditions aren’t known, said Portuguese researcher Nuno Santos, who led the discovery.
“However, we can expect it to be quite hot, given the proximity to the star.”
Hot as in around 1,160 degrees Fahrenheit (900 Kelvin), Santos said.”
A topic for a different day. Do you believe in life outside of the Earth? I do.