A group of astronomers has discovered two Earth-like planets which might be capable of sustaining life.
The planets in discussion are Teegarden b and Teegarden c orbit Teegarden, a star which is about 12.5 light-years away from Earth and is about ten times smaller than our sun. Mathias Zechmeister, the lead author of the study, shared his enthusiasm about the latest discovery. He said, “The two planets resemble the inner planets of our solar system. They are only slightly heavier than Earth and are located in the so-called habitable zone, where water can be present in liquid form.”
In the paper, the researchers revealed that the plants are billions of years which means the star doesn’t have large number of solar flares which is essential to sustain life. Moreover, as the star is pretty smaller compared to the Sun, the researchers determined that Teegarden b and c take just 4.9 and 11.4 days to circle it.
However, the astronomers have speculated that the planetary system might be part of a larger star system. Stefan Dreizler of the University of Göttingen, also co-author of the study said, “Many stars are apparently surrounded by systems with several planets.”
The latest discoveries are part of a larger Carmenes project to find exoplanets which might be capable of sustaining life. So far, the researchers have found 11 such planets since the project’s initiation.