New Planet Out There That may Support Life

Posted Apr 24, 2007 by KJ Mullins

Astronomers say there is another planet about 190 trillion kilometres away that could support life. Scientists have not actually seen the planet but it's near the constellation Libra.
The planet is 50 times larger than Earth and 5 times heavier. It orbits the sun Gliese 581. The planet has been named after that red-dwarf star Gliese 581. Although astronomers haven't viewed it with there eyes it is said that water flows and could support life as we know it.
"Because of its temperature and relative proximity, this planet will most probably be a very important target of the future space missions dedicated to the search for extra-terrestrial life," said Xavier Delfosse, a member of the research team from Grenoble University in France, in a statement.
"On the treasure map of the universe, one would be tempted to mark this planet with an X."
Some findings that have been revealed are:
It orbits its star every 13 days.
It circles its star 14 times closer than the Earth orbits the sun.
Gravity is 1.6 times as strong as the Earth's -- so a 150-pound person would feel like 240 pounds on 581 C.
Astronomers previously found a Neptune-sized planet circling the star Gliese 581, as well as evidence of a third planet about eight times the mass of Earth.