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Deadly Sunrise

Author: Guest Writer/Monday, April 30, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

If you were to live on Gliese 876d, sunrise might be a deadly event. An artist illustration gives an idea of the conditions on this close-in planet orbiting red dwarf star Gliese 876 discovered by the Kepler Space Telescope. The planet is very close to its parent star and much of its surface may be molten lava. An orbiting moon---if it exists---would have any atmosphere stripped away by the star’s solar wind.

This is not an ideal location for a piece of pleasant ‘beach front’ property.

Gliese-sunrise

Gliese 876d

(credit: NASA/Inga Neilsen)

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