Brrrrave new frozen world gives hope in hunt for alien life

Brrrrave new frozen world gives hope in hunt for alien life
 This artist’s rendering depicts a newly discovered frozen planet orbiting one star of a binary star system 3,000 light-years from Earth, and shows what the two dim stars in the binary system might look like from the view of the planet (Picture: Movie by Cheongho Han, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea)

It’s a shame about the name. But in the search for habitable planets, most of the important boxes are ticked by OGLE-2013-BLG-0341LBb.

The newly-discovered world – twice the size of Earth – is the same distance from the twin stars it orbits as we are from the Sun.

It has water on the surface and voyagers seeking to explore it will ‘only’ have to travel 3,000 light years – relatively modest in universe-trotting terms.

There’s just one problem, however. The heat from the planet’s ‘binary’ stars is so feeble that the typical temperature is a chilly -213C (-352F), according to a study published in journal Science.

Aliens wearing the woolliest of jumpers would fail to survive there – but experts are not too downcast because the discovery points to the existence of other planets that could support life.

Professor Scott Gaudi, of Ohio State University in the US, explained: ‘Half the stars in the galaxy are in binary systems. Until now, we had no idea if Earth-like planets in Earth-like orbits could even form in these systems.’

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