Have you given up hope that life might exist somewhere in outer space? Not so fast! Astronomers got a big break and have recently announced the discovery of a new planet in a habitable zone 120,000 trillion miles away from Earth. In astronomy lingo, this planet was found in “the Goldilocks zone” which means the conditions could support life because it’s not too hot or too cold.
The Goldilocks planet is roughly three times the mass of Earth and is only 14 million miles away from its star, Gliese 581, unlike Earth which is 93 million miles away. Its surface is believed to be made of rock and could have liquid water.
This is not the first time scientists have made claims about habitable planets. But this new discovery seems to be for real. Co-discoverer R Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution of Washington is sure “this really is the first ‘Goldilocks’ planet.”
Don’t count on a space voyage there any time soon. The Goldilocks planet is so far away that it would take 20 years traveling at the speed of light to make it out there. Although that seems ridiculously far, scientists insist that in the whole scheme of the universe, that the Goldilocks planet is in our backyard!