Read about whatever the hell a Super-Earth is and why I’m talking about one after the jump
Think of Earth only bigger and better…and in HD!
On September 12th, HARPS released 50 new exoplanets (planets found outside our solar system.) This may not seem like a big deal but keep in mind that only a few years ago we had never confirmed A SINGLE exoplanet and now, thanks to HARPS and the Kepler Space Observatory, we’ve confirmed over 600!!
An exoplanet that stood out to astronomers was HD 855 12 b (wow, what a name.) It is 3.6 times the size of Earth, giving it a Super-Earth classification, is only 35 light-years away, and orbits on the edge of it’s star’s Habitable Zone. This means there’s a possibility water can exist on the planet’s surface.
But what does it really mean? Pack your bags kids! We found a bigger, better planet than this smelly, old one and I say we start making our way there pronto…seeing as how it’s going to take us 195 million years even in our fastest spaceship. When I think of it that way, maybe we should just stay put.