Life may exist just 16 light years away.

A potentially habitable planet may exist just 16 light years away from earth named Gliese 832c.

Image credit: Efrain Morales Rivera/Astronomical Society of the Caribbean/ PHL / UPR Arecibo.

  it orbits a red dwarf star named Gliese 832 located in the constellation of Grus. The planet has an Earth Similarity Index of 0.81, one of the highest Earth Similarity Indices for any known extrasolar is situated in star's habitable zone.which increase the probability of alien life. To date, it is the second closest known potentially habitable exoplanet to Earth.

   Gliese 832 c was discovered by an international team of astronomers led by Robert A. Wittenmyer. It is the newest and closest to earth member of the top three most Earth-like worlds in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog.The planet's discoverers described the planet as "the nearest best habitable world candidate so far".

  The mass of Gliese 832 c approximately 5.4 times that of Earth . Its temperature is predicted to be relatively similar to Earth's, but is subject to significant swings as it orbits its star. The planet has an orbital period of 35.68 days, and receives the same amount of energy as earth does from sun which increases the chances of life on the planet.

    The temperature on the planet depends upon the type of atmosphere it have, if it has a dense atmosphere than the planet will be as hot as venus. The planet's average equilibrium temperature is predicted to be 253 kelvins (−20 °C), but is estimated to vary from 233 kelvins (−40 °C) at apoastron to 280 kelvins (7 °C) at periastron.

  In near future if we develop a spacecraft which can travel into space with 99% of the speed of light as traveling with speed of light is against the laws of physics than this planet will be the top candidate to be visited first.

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