New lava planet discovered ‘next door’ to Solar System
AP: European astronomers say that just outside our solar system they’ve found a planet that’s the closest you can get to Earth in location and size.
It is the type of planet they’ve been searching for across the Milky Way galaxy and they found it circling a star right next door — 25 trillion miles away. But the Earth-like planet is so hot its surface may be like molten lava. Life cannot survive the 2,200 degree heat of the planet, so close to its star that it circles it every few days.
Photo: Artist’s impression shows a planet, right, orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, center, a member of the triple star system closest to Earth. (via European Southern Observatory)