The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is expected to make an unprecedented announcement regarding the alien world considered as Earth’s twin
Earlier this month rumors about a fascinating new planet, dubbed ‘second Earth’ flooded the internet.
The newly spotted planet located in out cosmic neighborhood is believed to have the IDEAL conditions to support life as we know it.
Today, a month after the discovery was made, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is expected to make an unprecedented announcement regarding the alien world considered as Earth’s twin.
According to reports, the planet orbits out nearest star Proxima Centauri and has a similar size like Earth.
Interestingly, researchers believe the planet is located at the right distance from its star and thus is able to support liquid water on its surface.
Earlier this month, unofficial reports surfaced suggesting scientists have found an unprecedented planet which they believe is even capable of sustaining life as we know it.
Experts believe this planet orbits its star at a favorable distance and as such, could host alien life.
A few weeks ago, when reports about the planet surfaced around the website, ESO Spokesman Richard Hook remained speculative and refused to acknowledge or deny the discovery.
‘We are not making any comment,’ he said earlier this month.
However, the European Southern Observatory has broken its silence and will host a press conference where they are expected to reveal fascinating details about Earth’s win.
While it remains a mystery as to who will attend the conference and what experts will talk about, everyone is expecting ESO to make an announcement about the discovery of the planet.
Proxima Centauri was discovered in 1915 and is one of the three stars that make up the Alpha Centauri System. The alien world which is believed to be nearly identical to Earth orbits its star at the perfect distance which would allow the planet to have liquid water on its surface.
‘The still nameless planet is believed to be Earth-like and orbits at a distance to Proxima Centauri that could allow it to have liquid water on its surface – an important requirement for the emergence of life,’ said the magazine, quoting anonymous sources. Never before have scientists discovered a second Earth that is so close by,’ it said.
‘The discovery of a possible planet around Proxima Centauri is very exciting,’ Professor Phillip Lubin, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, told Universe Today. It makes the case of visiting nearby stellar systems even more compelling, though we know there are many exoplanets around other nearby stars, and it is very likely that the Alpha Centauri system will also have planets.’
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) is expected to make the announcement today 1pm ET.