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exoplanet,OGLE-2013-BLG-0341LBb, habitable zone, binary system

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exoplanet,OGLE-2013-BLG-0341LBb, habitable zone, binary system

Astronomers have discovered yet another exoplanet, this time in a two-star Binary system. Known as OGLE-2013-BLG-0341LBb (rolls off the tongue doesn’t it?) it is twice the size of Earth but orbits at nearly exactly the same distance as we do from our Sun. Even better, it’s only 3,000 light years away which isn’t that much in the huge universe we live in.

However, one problem remains. As both of the stars are dimmer, the conditions on ‘OGLE’ (we’l just call it that) are a tad on the chilly side, averaging -213C (-352F). Despite the cold, experts still hold out hope for potential lifeforms being on planet ‘OGLE’. Watch this space.

exoplanet,OGLE-2013-BLG-0341LBb, habitable zone, binary system
‘Ogle’ can be seen on the far right of the image next to one of the binary stars.
(Credit Cheongho Han, Chungbuk National University, Republic of Korea)