Gliese 581 G : New Planet Discovered 2010 – A planet was recently found that scientists confirm could potentially sustain life, and has many of the right conditions needed to do so. The planet is called Gliese 581g, and is about 20 light-years away from Earth. The planet is located in the “Goldilock’s zone” of it’s star, a location that allows for surface temperatures to remain in the right zone to harbor liquid water. Scientists are also saying that the planet could potentially have an atmosphere.
The scientists are from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and have been studying the planet’s parent star, Gliese 581, for 11 years. The scientists have also discovered numerous planets orbiting the star, of which Gliese 581g is one. So far the scientists have found that there are six planets orbiting the star.
Steven Vogt is an astronomer at UCSC, and he said about the discovery, “Our findings offer a very compelling case for a potentially habitable planet. The fact that we were able to detect this planet so quickly and so nearby tells us that planets like this must be really common.”
The average surface temperature of the planet is estimated to range between 12C and -31C.