Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Is the Rocky Alien Planet Gliese 581d Really Habitable?

I am a science nut. So stuff like this really interests me. I also enjoy a good artist's rendition. Artists always make the scene much more spectacular than it actually is.

Image released by European Southern Observatory

An image released by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) shows an artist's impression of the atmosphere around a super-Earth exoplanet, the name given to rocky exoplanets only a few times larger than our own. Gliese 581d, a rocky world orbiting a nearby star, has been confirmed as the first planet outside our solar system to meet key requirements for sustaining life, scientists say.

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