Earth-Sized Rocky Planet Discovered Orbiting a Nearby Star 39 Light Years Away

GJ1132b is a newly discovered rocky Earth-sized planet.


The new planet is the closest one we have found so far. It has been spotted orbiting a small nearby star.

GJ1132b is around 1.2-times the size of our planet and is predominantly composed of rock and iron. It may have its own atmosphere and it is believed the temperatures there are around 278°F and 584°F.


In a statement to Mail Online  Dr Zachory Berta-Thompson said:

The planet is much hotter than Earth, much hotter even than Venus. It’s very close to its host star, which bakes it to a temperature of 500K, about as hot as your oven will go. This planet is going to be a favorite target of astronomers for years to come. With the James Webb Space Telescope, we will be able to observe the color of this planet’s sunset, sense the heat emanating from its toasted surface, and estimate the speed of its winds. It’s too hot to be habitable – there’s no way there’s liquid water on the surface. But it is a lot cooler than the other rocky planets we know of.



Via TechEBlog

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