BREAKING: New potentially habitable exoplanet found only 12 light years away

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Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet around Teegarden's Star.

Teegarden is an old red dwarf star 12 light-years away in the Aries constellation.

The exoplanet found, called Teegarden b, has a minimum mass almost identical to Earth.

It orbits within the star's habitable zone.

And it has a 60% chance of having a temperate surface environment.

Surface temperature should be closer to 28°C assuming a similar terrestrial atmosphere.

Teegarden b is the exoplanet with the highest Earth Similarity Index discovered so far: 95%.

This means that it has the closest mass and insolation to terrestrial values.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGXerXGnjo
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We need to get there asap and ruin it with as much CO2 and plastic waste as possible. Why? It's what we do to planets.
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Oh wow, another rock in the sky!!! how useful
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Oh wow, another rock in the sky!!! how useful
Why are people so close minded? They discover a planet 100 trillion miles way and all you can do is moan about " usefulness".Even if it didn't have the potential to answer some of humanity's most profound questions it would still be fascinating in it's own right.
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Very interesting, thank you! :grouphugs:
(Original post by alberto91)
Astronomers have discovered a potentially habitable exoplanet around Teegarden's Star.

Teegarden is an old red dwarf star 12 light-years away in the Aries constellation.

The exoplanet found, called Teegarden b, has a minimum mass almost identical to Earth.

It orbits within the star's habitable zone.

And it has a 60% chance of having a temperate surface environment.

Surface temperature should be closer to 28°C assuming a similar terrestrial atmosphere.

Teegarden b is the exoplanet with the highest Earth Similarity Index discovered so far: 95%.

This means that it has the closest mass and insolation to terrestrial values.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNGXerXGnjo
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Why are people so close minded? They discover a planet 100 trillion miles way and all you can do is moan about " usefulness".Even if it didn't have the potential to answer some of humanity's most profound questions it would still be fascinating in it's own right.
Probably because its hardly breaking news its there. It's hardly a secret the sky it dotted with more than a couple of planets...
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But what makes this planet, amongst many others, is that it is most suitable for habitation. Was that not the main point?
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Probably because its hardly breaking news its there. It's hardly a secret the sky it dotted with more than a couple of planets...
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Probably because its hardly breaking news its there. It's hardly a secret the sky it dotted with more than a couple of planets...
It's still interesting.For all we know that planet could be just like earth with alien civilisations and majestic cities.Even if it's not that's still intriguing because the planet is 8 billion years old.Earth is only 4.If it's habitable then it should have alien life on it.If it doesn't then it would tend to suggest this planet is rather unique and by extension life itself is unique.Really the entire cosmos should be teeming with life yet we hear nothing at all when we listen for radio signals.
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With current technology it take thousands of years to reach there, people underestimate the distance of "a light year".
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But what makes this planet, amongst many others, is that it is most suitable for habitation. Was that not the main point?
Too bad we will all be dead before anyone gets there.
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With current technology it take thousands of years to reach there, people underestimate the distance of "a light year".
Not entirely true.There are methods to send unmanned probes there.We could definitely do it if we weren't so focused on blowing each other to pieces.For example one concept involves using a vey powerful laser to accelerate a micro-spacecraft to very high speeds.Another developed in the 1960's involves using nuclear explosions via nuclear pulse propulsion.But there are obvious issues with that.Nuclear rockets are probably the way forward.And even if we cant go there we should feasibly be able to image them directly in the future.
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Too bad we will all be dead before anyone gets there.
To be fair if you were travelling fast enough you could travel all of the galaxy in a single human lifetime due to the effects of time dilation.Everybody-else would be dead of course but you'd be fine.
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the great thing about these other inhabited/inhabitable planets is that we will never get our grasping claws on them. that is a source of great consolation to myself. there are numberless planets with unimaginable lifeforms flourishing on them and none have been contaminated by H sapiens.
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I'm aware that solar sails exist, but I doubt for a very long time we will see any way of using that as a means of transport rather than sending a network of probes there. Even so it would take around 40 years (I think it's 30% the speed of light isn't it?) unharmed and untouched. Either way it's still exciting
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Not entirely true.There are methods to send unmanned probes there.We could definitely do it if we weren't so focused on blowing each other to pieces.For example one concept involves using a vey powerful laser to accelerate a micro-spacecraft to very high speeds.Another developed in the 1960's involves using nuclear explosions via nuclear pulse propulsion.But there are obvious issues with that.Nuclear rockets are probably the way forward.And even if we cant go there we should feasibly be able to image them directly in the future.
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It's pointless and people people who stare into the sky sweating profusely as soon as they spot a little dot in the sky are not using their time well.


(Original post by James2312)
Why are people so close minded? They discover a planet 100 trillion miles way and all you can do is moan about " usefulness".Even if it didn't have the potential to answer some of humanity's most profound questions it would still be fascinating in it's own right.
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It's pointless and people people who stare into the sky sweating profusely as soon as they spot a little dot in the sky are not using their time well.
Oh yeah.You ever hear of GPS? You know that thing which requires General relativity to work? That thing invented by a man contemplating the sky.People also said the same thing about electricity.Getting educated is never a waste of time.
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It is super exciting. Thank you OP for this information.

Just for comparison, Mars - Earth is approximately 12.5 light minutes distance and Sun - Earth is approximately 8.33 light minutes distance.
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the great thing about these other inhabited/inhabitable planets is that we will never get our grasping claws on them. that is a source of great consolation to myself. there are numberless planets with unimaginable lifeforms flourishing on them and none have been contaminated by H sapiens.
Maybe they feel the same and they're waiting for us to come rescue them? :cookie:
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(Original post by ecolier)
It is super exciting. Thank you OP for this information.

Just for comparison, Mars - Earth is approximately 12.5 light minutes distance and Sun - Earth is approximately 8.33 light minutes distance.
Hmmm. I don't know much about astronomy, but I'm guessing 'only' 12 light years away is about a trillion years in an Uber, or similar?
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