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Scientists have discovered an alien world, which is 3.2 times more massive than Earth circling Barnard’s Star.
Barnard’s Star is a very-low-mass red dwarf. It is about 6 light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Ophiuchus. The star is the fourth nearest known individual star to the Sun and the closest star in the Northern Celestial Hemisphere.
So, a new discovered alien world is known as Barnard’s Star b.
“After a very careful analysis, we are 99 percent confident that the planet is there,” Ignasi Ribas, of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia and the Institute of Space Sciences in Spain, said in a statement.
The astronomers who spotted it are confident the alien planet will eventually be confirmed. The study was published online on November 14 in the journal Nature.
“However, we’ll continue to observe this fast-moving star to exclude possible, but improbable, natural variations of the stellar brightness which could masquerade as a planet,” added Ribas, the lead author of a new study announcing the detection of Barnard’s Star b.
[NASA’s Kepler space telescope showed that small planets are common in the Milky Way galaxy at large. Together, Proxima b and Barnard’s Star b strongly suggest that such worlds “are also common in our neighborhood,” study co-author Johanna Teske, of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C., told Space.com. “And that is super-exciting.”] notes aol.com.
The Barnard’s Star initially was discovered in 1916 by American astronomer E.E. Barnard, and it is called by the astronomer Barnard. The Barnard’s Star moves the fastest across Earth’s sky better to say no other star moves faster across Earth’s sky than Barnard’s Star. It travels about the width of the full moon every 180 years. And one of the interesting facts about the star is that Barnard’s Star is getting closer to us every day: In about 10,000 years.
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