SEARCH FOR LIFE IN SPACE

2 Super-Earths Just Discovered
Source:  Gliese 887


2 Exoplanets That Could Support Life
A team of German scientists have discovered two, Super-Earths just 11 light years away from Earth.  The astronomers spotted them near the red dwarf star Gliese 887.  They are outside of our solar system and they could sustain life.

Earth Like
University of Gottingen astronomer Sandra Saffers reported in the journal Science that the 2 exoplanets provide the best possibilities for the search for life outside of our solar system.  In their report, the astronomers said they believe the exoplanets could contain liquid water and have a rocky surface like the Earth. They also have calculated that the surface temperature on these exoplanets at 158 degrees (F) or 70 degrees (C).

Gliese 887b & Gliese 887c
The newly discovered Super-Earths have been named Gliese 887b and Gliese 887c.  NASA says more than 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered in space.  Exoplanets have a mass larger than the Earth but smaller than the ice planets Neptune and Uranus.  The German astronomers made their discovery using Chile's European Southern Observatory's High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher (HARP) spectrograph.

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