Barnard’s Star, a red dwarf star located in a solar system about six light years away from the earth, may have some business.
Scientists in the group “exoplanet-junting” Red Dots have discovered a planet – about 3.2 times the earth’s mass and very cold circles star, Smithsonian reports. Their results were published in Nature on Wednesday.
“We really think the item is there,” said lead researcher Ignasi Ribas. “We must always be a bit careful … but we were careful that we were willing to proceed with publishing.” The planet Barnard’s Star b is the second closest exoplanet (a planet beyond our solar system) to the earth, per USA Today .
Researchers watched data from seven different telescopes for two decades to pick up the planet, according to Forbes . Regarding the possibility of living on Bernard’s Star b, the planet is “too cold” to maintain liquid water, says Ribas, and if life can be frozen under an ocean, it is only speculation at this time.
In the course of their study, Smithsonian notes, researchers found weak evidence of another planet, which would be Barnard’s Star c. Several decades ago, researchers thought they had discovered planets around star. But they ended up being the result of an instrument problem.
(Last year, researchers found the least possible star.)