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An Earth-sized planet found in the habitable zone of a nearby star

 

January 12, 2020



(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, NASA

(THE CONVERSATION) A few months ago a group of NASA exoplanet astronomers, who are in the business of discovering planets around other stars, called me into a secret meeting to tell me about a planet that had captured their interest. Because my expertise lies in modeling the climate of exoplanets, they asked me to figure out whether this new planet was habitable – a place where liquid water might exist.

These NASA colleagues, Josh Schlieder and his...



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