School of Physics and Astronomy

2014 archive

Ancient Worlds around Kapteyn's Star
3 June 2014

An international team of astronomers, led by Queen Mary's Astrophysicist Guillem Anglada-Escude, reports two new planets orbiting a very old and nearby star to the Sun. One of the newly-discovered planets could be ripe for life as it orbits at the right distance to the star to allow liquid water on its surface.