Now that we've found Wolf 1061c, perhaps it is also an "exo-Venus", though the variability in its orbit may create bursts of global cooling followed by intense warming. "It could cause the frequency of the planet freezing over or heating up to be quite severe," said Kane in a statement.

Like the vast majority of worlds found within stars' habitable zones, Wolf 1061c's Earth-like qualities may be limited to its size and approximate orbital distance from its star — but that doesn't mean it can't host extraterrestrial life, it just means it will likely be very different life to what we are accustomed to on Earth.

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Quelle: Seeker