View Full Version : Selecting Stars Very Similar to Our Own

2005-Sep-11, 06:09 AM
SUMMARY: The search for Earthlike planets begins with the search for Sunlike stars. At the top of the list is a reasonably nearby star called 37 Gem; located in the Gemini constellation. Astronomer Maggie Turnbull was asked to make a short list of thirty candidate stars that closely matched our own Sun out of a total list 2,350 stars which are within one hundred light years from us. This short list, including 37 Gem will be used by the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission, which will search for habitable planets by looking for the visible light of oxygen or water in an Earthlike planet - a sure sign of life.

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