Scientists attempting to map our galaxy have found a trip-star system that could potentially support life and which is only 22 light years away from Earth.
The rocky planet is known as GJ 667Cc and is 4.5 times the size of Earth and orbits in the middle of the ‘Goldilocks zone.”
The planets destination is in an area that can sustain water without boiling or freezing.
GJ 667Cc orbits a red dwarf star every 28 days and appears to absorb as much light energy as Earth does from its sun.
According to the astronomers who spotted the planet and accompanying trip-star system:
“If it has an atmosphere, it’s probably reddish all the time, because the star is really red,” and “It would be like being evening all the time.”
The group also says that the system’s binary stars would be very prominent in the planets sky.
At this time researchers must conduct more researcher to determine GJ 66vCc’s atmosphere and to determine if one side is stuck facing the sun while the other faces away which would greatly decrease the chance that the planet can sustain life.
It may be a “super earth” but only time can tell if that’s actually the case.