Source: W. M. Keck Observatory

Authors: W. M. Keck Observatory

Published Date: Thu, 23 May 2024 14:00:00 +0000

Summary: The discovery of Gliese 12 b, a Venus-sized planet orbiting a nearby star, offers new hope for understanding why life appeared on Earth. Located just 40 light-years away, Gliese 12 b is an ideal candidate for study due to its proximity. The planet’s potential atmosphere makes it a prime target for examining the conditions that may support life. Follow-up observations with the James Webb Space Telescope will seek to determine the presence of atmospheric components like water vapor. These findings could provide insights into the prerequisites for a life-friendly environment.

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