Astronomers have discovered two new planets that could support life


The two planets orbit the star of Teegarden, an ancient star that is only 12 light-years from Earth. ("Only" is relative – 12 light-years equivalent to 70,540,000,000,000 miles.) Research on the planets and their sun, published in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics, reveal that the star of Teegarden seems stable without large solar explosions or other violent activity that could threaten the potential life of the two promising candidates.
If estimated orbit velocities and rotation are accurate, and there are no unexpected factors in the solar system to disturb other astronomers' calculations, the two Teegarden planets can harbor rocky environments and running water and puddle. However, all these assumptions are estimates and not firsthand observations – for now. The discoveries of the planet Teegardan are part of a larger effort by astronomers to locate life-sustaining planets in order to refine observing and research technology, such as high-power telescopes, to learn even more about them.


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