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Thread: Alpha Centauri has a planet!

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    Alpha Centauri has a planet!

    Right in our own backyard, galacticaly speaking of course.

    Alpha Centauri is triple-star system, composed of a binary star, two stars much like the Sun – one slightly larger and hotter, called Alpha Centauri A, and the other slightly smaller and cooler, called Alpha Centauri B – orbited themselves by a red dwarf (called Proxima Centauri) much farther out.

    The planet orbits close in to Alpha Cen B, and is technically called Alpha Centauri Bb – planets have lower case letters assigned to them, starting at b. Its mass is only 1.13 times the Earth’s mass, making this one of the lower mass planets yet found! But don’t get your hopes up of visiting it – its period is only 3.24 days, meaning it must be only about 6 million kilometers (less than 4 million miles) from its star. Even though Alpha Cen B is a bit cooler than the Sun, this still means the planet is baking hot, far too hot to sustain any kind of life as we know it, or even liquid water.

    http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/ba...-has-a-planet/
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    That's pretty awesome.
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    Maybe it is just turbo charged? Did they ever think of that one, maybe it was to hot and they wanted to some wind so the Aliens speed that bitch up a bit.

    Seriously though, it really does show you how little "we" humans truly know of things.
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