>> Astronomers might have discovered what might be a habitable Earth sized planet just 11 light years away. In their findings published Wednesday in a journal of astronomy and astrophysics, researchers say that the planet is only slightly more massive than our Earth, is temperate and orbits a very nearby, rotating quiet M dwarf.
M dwarf is a category of star, redder, cooler, and smaller than our sun. This M dwarf is named Ross 128, and it's tucked away in the constellation Virgo. Many end dwarf stars send out flares of solar radiation that astronomers believe could destroy the atmosphere of nearby planets. But as they say Ross 128 appears quiet.
It has one planet in orbit, dubbed Ross 129B. Surface temperatures are estimated to be somewhere between a frigid -76, and a balmy 68 degrees Fahrenheit. If so, that means there could be liquid water on the planet, seen as essential to supporting life.