April 27th, 2007

Tea-drinker par excellence

Gliese 581c

So by now everyone should know that this, the latest extrasolar planet to be detected, is in the habitable zone for it's star Gliese 581. So what's it like. Well, it's 12,000 miles across as oppposed to 8,000 miles for Earth. With an equivalent density, that would make its gravity 50% stronger than ours at the surface which would make it difficult for any human to function there.

Has anyone tried to run its stats through any of the better known planet generators? I'd be interested to see what they come up with.