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Discovering Earth-shaped planets with the potential of life

Geneva: Astronomers have discovered a planet of earth-shaped, favorable climate, at a distance of just 11 light years, whose parent is a calm star, and possibly, it may be the closest known place with the possibility of life.

A team working with the High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Surveyor (HARPS) in La Cilla Observatory, Chile, found that a low-mass planet rotates in the orbit of red dwarf stars' Ross 128 B on every ninth day.

It is believed that the Earth-shaped planet will be restrained and its surface can also be similar to the surface of the Earth. 'Ross 128 B' is the closest star.

Nikola Estudillo-DeFru from the University of Geneva in Switzerland said, "This discovery is based on intensive surveillance of HRPS over a decade, for which modern data collection and analysis techniques have been used."

The red dwarves are one of the coldest, dim stars in the universe. These qualities make them the best target of searching for astronomers.

Xavier Bonfils from the University of Grenoble in France said that it is easy to identify small cold planets similar to Earth around these stars compared to similar stars. Javier Astronomy and Astrophysics is the main author of the research published in the journal

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