Daily Archives: January 11, 2013

  • KOI-172.02: An excellent candidate for a “Venus-twin”

    It seems that we have our latest “Earth twin candidate.” This time, the planet is in orbit around a star very similar to our Sun. It’s been getting lots of press attention. A google news search turns up quite a bit.

    Unfortunately, this planet is almost certain to be way too hot to support life, according to the metrics posted at the Kepler website.

    Before I get into that, a quick primer on what the habitable zone is. It’s the area around a star at which a planet could potentially maintain liquid water oceans at the surface, and therefore a global