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Libra

Constelación Balanza y Gliese 581

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Fecha:27.05.06 Hora:23:00 UT Exposición:40 min
Campo visual:37o x 54o Emulsion:Kodak Ektachrome 200 Filtro:ninguno
Instrumento:f=35mm 1/4.0 Lugar:Hakos, Namibia Observador:Till Credner
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Gliese 581 is a red dwarf star in the constellation of Libra. With visual magnitude 10.5 this star can't be seen by naked eye, but already with a small telescope. A planet, called Gliese 581 c, of about 1.5 times the diameter of the earth has been found there by the European Southern Observatory. It orbits around the central star in the habitable zone, i.e. in a distance that allows "comfortable" temperatures between 0 and 40 degrees Celsius. Therefore liquid water might be possible, which is necessary for life.
Gliese 581 in a magnification from the photo above.
More images of Libra
ESO press release 25 April 2007