Facts and figures on the new Earth-like planet
Steve Connor is the Science Editor of The Independent. He has won many awards for his journalism, including five-times winner of the prestigious British science writers’ award; the David Perlman Award of the American Geophysical Union; twice commended as specialist journalist of the year in the UK Press Awards; UK health journalist of the year and a special merit award of the European School of Oncology for his investigative journalism. He has a degree in zoology from the University of Oxford and has a special interest in genetics and medical science, human evolution and origins, climate change and the environment.
Wednesday 17 October 2012
Tentative name: Alpha Centauri Bb
Distance from Earth: 4.3 light years
Distance from its star: 6 million kilometres
Orbital period or planetary “year”: 3.2 Earth days
Mass: about one Earth mass
Surface temperature: about 1,500C
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