|Wolf 1061 and its orbiting planets. The habitable zone is shaded green.|
Australian astronomers are upbeat about discovering a potentially habitable planet 14 light years away, outside our solar system that measures four times bigger than the Earth. They are also optimistic to find abundant water and alien life on it.
The planet is one of the three circling a red dwarf star called Wolf 1061 and plausibly better for habitation compared to few other planets found so far and much nearer to the Earth, said researchers from UNSW in Australia. Recently found exoplanets categorized as habitable are too far at thousands of light years away.
All the three planets of Wolf 1061 are potentially rocky and have a solid surface, and the middle planet, Wolf 1061c, sits within the ‘Goldilocks’ zone where it might be possible for liquid water, which means some traces of organism as well, said lead study author Duncan Wright, from University of New South Wales in Australia. […]