Pictures of the Newly Discovered Habitable Planet, Gliese 581d
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Scientists recently announced a newly discovered habitable planet outside of our solar system. The rocky planet, called Gliese 581d, orbits a Red Dwarf star about 20 lightyears away, making it one of our closest galactic neighbors. Gliese 581d has a similar atmosphere to Earth, and it’s over 2 times larger than our planet. This newly discovered habitable planet is also tidally locked (meaning that it does not spin) so one side is locked in perpetual daytime and the other is eternally night. Temperatures are probably a little cooler than Earth, with the equatorial region staying between 45 and 55 degrees fahrenheit most of the time. Basically, it’s like an entire planet that looks like Alaska, except the sky is red. Unfortunately, it’ll take thousands of years to get to Gliese 581d with our current rocket technology, but it looks to be a pretty promising future home for our great great great grandchildren. Here are some artist renderings of what Gliese 581d might look like. As you can see by the dramatic variations in the depictions below, we still don’t really have any idea what this newly discovered habitable planet actually is. Nonetheless: to infinity and beyond!Speak Your MindTell us what you're thinking... and oh, if you want a pic to show with your comment, go get a gravatar!