ESOcast 137 Light: Temperate Planet Orbiting Quiet Red Dwarf (4K UHD)

A temperate planet has been discovered only 11 light-years from Earth by a team using ESO’s unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world has the designation Ross 128 b and is now the second-closest temperate planet to be detected after Proxima b.

It is also the closest planet to be discovered orbiting an inactive red dwarf star, which may increase the likelihood that this planet could potentially sustain life. Ross 128 b will be a prime target for ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope, which will be able to search for biomarkers in the planet's atmosphere.

This short video explains the discovery and its significance.

The video is available in 4K UHD.

The ESOcast Light is a series of short videos bringing you the wonders of the Universe in bite-sized pieces. The ESOcast Light episodes will not be replacing the standard, longer ESOcasts, but complement them with current astronomy news and images in ESO press releases.

Credit:

ESO.

Editing: Nico Bartmann.
Web and technical support: Mathias André and Raquel Yumi Shida.
Written by: Rosa Jesse, Nicole Shearer and Richard Hook.
Music: Music written and performed by STAN DART (www.stan-dart.com).
Footage and photos: ESO, Digitized Sky Survey 2, N. Risinger (skysurvey.org), L. Calçada, M. Kornmesser, A. Santerne, ACe Consortium.
Directed by: Nico Bartmann.
Executive producer: Lars Lindberg Christensen.

About the Video

Id:eso1736a
Release date:15 November 2017, 12:00
Related releases:eso1736
Duration:01 m 27 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:Ross 128
Type:Milky Way : Star : Circumstellar Material : Planetary System
Category:ESOcast

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