The discovery of an Earth-like exoplanet that may have liquid water 31 light years away

Written by Amira Shehata

Wed, 08 Feb 2023 12:00 AM

Astronomers have discovered an Earth-like planet 31 light-years away from us that can host life. It is called “Wolf 1069 b”. It has a mass similar to our home planet, and it orbits a star at a distance that allows liquid water to exist.

And according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, evidence also indicates that an exoplanet The solar system It can have an atmosphere and magnetic field, as well as day and night.

The team at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA) in Germany has been searching for exoplanets to search for “biosignatures” – evidence of alien life, past or present.

Wolf 1069 b is now just one of dozens of candidates found so far, but it’s thought we’re still ten years away from being able to get a closer look at it.

he thinks that The big telescope This can be achieved by the ELT (ELT), which is currently being built in Chile to replace the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) and, when completed, will be the largest optical telescope in the world, about five times the largest of the observing instruments in use today.

It will be able to find smaller Earth-like planets, directly image larger planets, and possibly discern their atmospheres.

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