Well, I've arrived at the University of Hertfordshire, where the JENAM 2009 meeting is taking place. Dr. Henri Boffin from ESO and Michel Mayor are giving a press conference on the discovery of an Earth type planet inside the habitable zone, where liquid water could exist. The planet is called Gilese 581 e, and is a member of the family of planets that have been discovered recently (Gilese 581d), which orbit a red dwarf star.
There were many journalists, including reporters from the BBC and ITN wanting to know "what does this discovery mean for us, what does this mean?" Well... read more ❯