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Discovered: ‘Second Earth’ close to our planet that could potentially support life

India TV News Desk New Delhi 17 Aug 2016, 14:39:49 PM IST
India TV News Desk

In an indication of the possible presence of life on an alien planet, scientists have discovered another planet similar to earth that could support life, just outside our solar system.

According to reports, the new planet revolves around a well-investigated star in Proxima Centauri and could support life.

Proxima Centauri is the red dwarf, a low-mass star about 4.343 light years from our planet and the closest star to our solar system.

German newspaper Der Spiegel reported, “The still nameless planet is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface — an important requirement for the emergence of life.”

However, there has been no official confirmation in this regard and the details available didn’t give any more details on the planet itself.

However, the discovery is rumoured to be revealed at the end of this month.

Last year, NASA revealed a second earth and the name of the new planet was Kepler 452b which is just 60 per cent larger than Earth but in many ways identical to our planet.

Distance is the main hurdle that the researchers face and the planet is 1,400 light years away from our globe which diminishes the chances of knowing or learning much more about it.


The newly discovered planet is far, far nearer, at just 4.24 light years from our sphere.

However, the distance of the new unnamed planet is still a major challenge to actually cover.