Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Nearly Earthlike Planet Found in Libra

A new extrasolar planet had been found by scientists in the contellation Libra. Named 581 c, it orbits brown dwarf star Gliese 581. It is similar to the Earth because its temperature range is estimated to be between 32 and 104 degrees F. It is five times heavier than the Earth and may be rocky or not. It is theorized that it has water and an atmosphere but what makes up the air is still unknown. The new planet is only 20.5 light years away. The star pictured on the left is another one in Libra which has a planetary system. Yes, Libra has more than one. The planet pictured above is an artist's depiction of an alien planet near a giant star.

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