New paper indicates potential for primitive life on icy Barnard b super-earth planet if geothermal activity exists

Barnard b (or GJ 699 b) is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard's Star, making it the second nearest star system to the Earth. Although likely cold (-170 degrees centigrade), it could still have the potential to harbor primitive life if it has a large, hot iron/nickel core and enhanced geothermal activity. That was a conclusion announced by Villanova University Astrophysicists Edward Guinan and Scott Engle at a January 10 press conference held at the 233rd meeting of the American Astronomy Society (AAS) in Seattle, WA.

New paper indicates potential for primitive life on icy Barnard b super-earth planet if geothermal activity exists

Barnard b (or GJ 699 b) is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard's Star, making it the second nearest star system to the Earth. Although likely cold (-170 degrees centigrade), ...

Thu 17 Jan 19 from Phys.org

Here's How a Huge Exoplanet Very Close to Earth Could Hide Strange Forms of Life

There's a rocky planet in our stellar neighborhood that's very big and cold. However, scientists argue, it might still hold life.

Fri 18 Jan 19 from Livescience

Alien life could exist on frozen and rocky 'super-Earth' just six light-years away, study finds

Barnard b is a recently discovered Super-Earth planet orbiting Barnard's Star, Villanova University researchers revealed their find at the American Astronomy Society (AAS) in Seattle.

Fri 11 Jan 19 from Daily Mail

Barnardís Star Hosts Icy Planet With Potential for Alien Life

Barnard b, a recently discovered super-Earth exoplanet orbiting Barnard’s Star, could potentially harbor primitive life. Despite its freezing surface (probably about -170 ?/-274 ?), there ...

Fri 11 Jan 19 from Geek.com

Barnard's Star Planet May Not Be Too Cold for Life After All

One of Earth's nearest exoplanet neighbors, the planet orbiting Barnard's Star, may still have a chance at hosting life, despite its frigid temperatures.

Thu 10 Jan 19 from SPACE.com

Alien life possible on nearby 'Super-Earth,' scientists announce

Scientists said that if water exists on the planet, geothermal heating could create a subsurface ocean where primitive life might exist.        

Thu 10 Jan 19 from USA today

Nearby Barnard's Star hosts an icy planet with new hope for alien life - CNET

It's not the nearest exoplanet, but it may have the best chance of being lively on at least a small scale.

Thu 10 Jan 19 from CNET Cutting Edge

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