The New Exoplanet We Found? Might Not Exist


Tue, Oct 12th, 2010 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Remember all the excitement a few weeks ago over finding Gliese 581g, that cute little planet that may be in the habitable zone, may have water, may be habitable and may have life on it? According to the Geneva-based High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS) team the new planet may not even exist.

Francesco Pepe (Geneva team) at IAU 276 in Torino said that "We cannot confirm it [Gliese 581g] in our HARPS data". Gliese 581g could still be there, it could be in the orbit reported, but this needs some more work. I guess it's time to unpack my bags and wait and see what's going to happen.



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