Flying through the Ross 128 planetary system

This artist’s impression video shows the temperate planet Ross 128 b along with its red dwarf parent star. This planet, which lies only 11 light-years from Earth, was found by a team using ESO’s unique planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The new world 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 this planet’s atmosphere.

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ESO/M. Kornmesser

About the Video

Id:eso1736c
Release date:15 November 2017, 12:00
Related releases:eso1736
Duration:31 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

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

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