Thursday, 20 December 2012

Close Sun-like Star May Have Habitable Planet

Closest Single Star Like Our Sun May Have Habitable Planet

Dec. 19, 2012 — An international team of astronomers led by the University of Hertfordshire has discovered that Tau Ceti, one of the closest and most Sun-like stars, may host five planets -- with one in the star's habitable zone.


Artist’s impression of the Tau Ceti system. (Credit: J. Pinfield for the RoPACS network at the University of Hertfordshire, 2012)
At a distance of twelve light years and visible with the naked eye in the evening sky, Tau Ceti is the closest single star that has the same spectral classification as our Sun. Its five planets are estimated to have masses between two and six times the mass of Earth -- making it the lowest-mass planetary system yet detected. One of the planets lies in the habitable zone of the star and has a mass around five times that of Earth, making it the smallest planet found to be orbiting in the habitable zone of any Sun-like star.

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Sources: University of Hertfordshire, ScienceDaily.com .

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